Gillian Lacey’s Up


A while back I wrote an article about animator Gillian Lacey, where I mentioned her early short Up but wasn’t able to go into detail for the simple reason that I hadn’t been able to see it. Well, thanks to the BFI’s animation collection, the film can now be seen online. It’s an extremely short piece based on the symbolic image of people trying to climb heavenward while being accosted by flies, and a striking specimen of early-1970s arthouse animtion. Enjoy!

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