THROUGH THE HAWTHORN (2014)
8'28"
Scope, Digital, SLR stop-motion



Left panel directed by Anna Benner
Middle panel directed by Pia Borg
Right panel directed by Gemma Burditt

Three characters, three perspectives, three directors: A session between a psychiatrist, a schizophrenic patient and his mother. A triptych of three films each presenting the perspective of one character inside a therapy session. The film is written by DR Hood and is inspired by family therapy sessions witnessed at a South London Hospital and by the book Henry’s Demons.


Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust.



Selected Screenings
• SXSW Austin Tx 2014 (USA) (Official selection: Animated shorts)
• Stuttgart Trickfilm Festival 2014 (DE)
(Awarded Grand Prix)
• Annecy International Animated Film Festival (FR) 2014
(Awarded Prix Connexions Festivals)
• Krakow Film Festival 2014 (PL) (Awarded Jury Prize)
• Rabbit Fest 2014 (IT)
(Awarded Best Film)
• Fantoche Animation Film Festival 2014 (CH) (Winner High Risk Award)
• Encounters 2014 (UK) (Winner Cartoon D'or)
• Balkanima, Belgrade 2014 (RS) (Awarded Special Jury Prize)
• RICA Wissembourg 2014 (FR) (Winner Grand Prix)
• Bradford Animation Festival 2014 (UK) (Awarded Best Film)
• Hiroshima Animation Festival 2014 (JP) (International Competition)
• Animafest Zagreb 2014 (HR) (International Competition)
• FilmFest Dresden 2014 (DE)
• Ottowa International Animation Festival 2014 (CA) (International Competition)
• Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 (AU)
• Flatpack Festival, Birmingham 2014 (UK)
• Clermont Ferrand Film Festival (FR) (Official Selection Lab Competition) (world premiere)