The Nightingale and the Rose (2015)

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acmiNot a MIFF film. I took a detour at ACMI this morning as I waited for my first film session of the day and watched Del Kathryn Barton’s sumptuous animation of Oscar Wilde’s short story, The Nightingale and the Rose.

ACMI is an underrated treasure and, if you are interested in the craft of the moving image, it’s always worth a visit. The Nightingale and the Rose is an example of this, a free, five-minute film made fascinating by the exhibition around it (and a little alliteration). If you know Del Kathryn Barton’s work, you’ll know the detailed, surreal, pre-Raphaelite style of this simple tale of a student in love with someone unattainable and the nightingale who sacrifices herself to help him.

A mix of 3D sculpture and 2D drawn stop-motion and digital animation, it is the collaboration of artists and the complexity of the merging of different media that inspires and interests me. Worth a look to see the wealth of work, technique and talent behind such a small story (and to see if you can pick the voice talent and the links with MIFF 2015 and 2016).

Bechdel test – fail
3 stars

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