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Affairs of the Art

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
2020 | 16 min
2D Animation


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Credits

Director
Joanna Quinn

Producer (Beryl Productions International)
Les Mills

Producer (NFB)
Michael Fukushima

Screenwriter
Les Mills

Animator
Joanna Quinn
James Nutting

Additional Animation
Marcia Rojas
Eliot Czeh
Gemma Roberts
Mia Rose Goddard

Clean-up
Marcia Rojas
Hannah Jones
Bryony Evans

Colour Design
Les Mills

TVP Colour & Compositing
Mia Rose Goddard

After Effects Compositing
Mia Rose Goddard
Fran Breslin

Editor
Mia Rose Goddard

Original Music
Benjamin Talbott/John Hardy Music

Sound Designer
Olivier Calvert

Voice Talent
Menna Trussler
Brendan Charleson

Co-produced by Beryl Productions International and the National Film Board of Canada.



Team


Joanna Quinn
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : M. Rojas


Joanna Quinn

Joanna discovered animation at Middlesex University, London, while studying for a BA degree in graphic design. Her graduation film, Girls Night Out, a brilliantly simple and humorous riposte to machismo, and a celebration of uninhibited female sexuality, introduced audiences to the character of Beryl and kick-started Joanna’s animation career by winning three major awards at Annecy in 1987. The uniquely memorable Beryl became the focus of two more films, Body Beautiful and Family Ties, and the politics of gender and oppression—along with Joanna’s obsessive fascination and delight with exploring the eccentricities of the human body, in particular the female form—became the central themes of her work. Her masterpiece is Britannia, a savage indictment of British imperialism. Joanna’s films have won just about every major international award, including BAFTAs and Emmys, in addition to receiving two Oscar® nominations. Joanna is a committed educator and an Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London, and the University of Wales, and an Honorary Doctor at Middlesex University, London, and the University of Wolverhampton. She lectures at major colleges and universities around the world. Affairs of the Art is the fourth film featuring the character of Beryl.


Les Mills
Screenwriter and Producer (Beryl Productions International)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Joanna Quinn


Les Mills

Les studied at Cardiff University, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Rutgers University in the US, where he completed a master’s degree in fine art and art history. His teaching experience is extensive, initially comprising art and design courses but gradually expanding to include filmmaking and animation. He became course director in Film and Animation Production at the Film School of the University of Wales, Newport, but gave up full-time teaching in 2002 to concentrate on directing Beryl Productions International, the animation production company formed with Joanna Quinn in 1988.

He first collaborated with Joanna on her graduation film, Girls Night Out, while teaching basic animation for the graphic design course at Middlesex University. Since then, the two have worked very closely together. He wrote and produced the next Beryl film, Body Beautiful, and produced Wife of Bath, an animated adaptation of one of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which won a BAFTA and three Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar®. He wrote and produced their last film, Family Ties, which won 45 international awards, including the 2007 European Cartoon d’Or, and received a BAFTA nomination. Les has written and produced the latest Beryl film, Affairs of the Art.


Michael Fukushima
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : David Fine


Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is studio head and executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned English Animation Studio. After a brief freelance animator career, Fukushima joined the NFB Animation Studio in 1990 as a filmmaker, then became a studio producer, and is now studio head, with a lot of films (and some awards) under his belt. He now mostly produces the producers, and offers up pearls of wisdom and wise-cracking bon mots.

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745
    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • About Beryl Productions International

    Beryl Productions was founded in 1987 and specializes in individually hand-drawn character animation. Its raison d’être is producing high-quality, accessible animation that uses humour as an essential element.

    Apart from the company’s film work, it has created TV commercials for the North American, Mexican and European markets. Clients include Procter & Gamble, Fallon, Coca Cola and Nestle, and agencies include J. Walter Thompson, Wieden+Kennedy and Publicis.

    The company’s most well-known commercial work is the Charmin bear ads made for North America, Canada, Mexico, Germany and the UK. In 2010, US industry magazine Adweek ranked the Charmin bear as one of the top 10 advertising icons of the decade. Beryl Productions has also created a highly successful series of Whiskas cat-food ads for the US and a one-minute United Airlines ad for TV and in-flight entertainment, featuring the inimitable voiceover of Robert Redford.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.