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THE MORRIS JELLY HOUSE OF FASHION

DANIEL SAUL

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THE MORRIS JELLY HOUSE OF FASHION

(1998)

12 MINUTE ANIMATED DRAMA

After the British left India, Anglo-Indians fell from grace. And Morris Jelly dropped like a stone. He hit the filthy streets of Calcutta in all their hallucinogenic splendour and life became a dream. Even in death his mercurial spirit runs rings around his friends.

This film grew out the experience Daniel had after visiting Calcutta with his father. Daniel was 18 and his father had not returned to his native city for more than 20 years. On that trip they discovered many relatives who had fallen on hard times. Post-Indian-Independence Anglo Indians seemed to be living amongst the crumbling ruins of their former homes.

Years later Daniel returned to Calcutta and discovered the true story of the life and death of Morris Jelly an Anglo-Indian down and out. An Australian doctor Peter Donald, who was working in a voluntary street side clinic and knew Morris well, narrates the film.

The project was a labour of love. Like the streets of Calcutta it is cobbled together from all sorts of found, begged, borrowed and stolen ideas, artefacts and technologies. A combination of lo and hi-tech film techniques, The Morris Jelly House of Fashion contains more than 5000 hand painted images.

CREDITS

By Daniel Saul Morris Jelly Adrian Saul Morris’ Friend Henry Kelly Voice of Dr Peter Dr Peter Donald Animation Daniel Saul Lighting Camera Mark Parkin Avid Editor Robin Shackford Original Music Matt Marks Animation Assistants Anstey Bligh, Steve May, Paul Rucas, Jill Townsley, Heather Tyrrell 2nd Camera Celine Sabben Super 8 Photography Daniel Saul with Luis Cook and Matt Marks Morris’ costume Jill Townsley Musicians Michael Lester-Card, Matt Marks, Deb Mawby, Biant Singh Sound Simon Barber Dialogue Engineer Ric Peet Silicon Graphics Operator Phil Gadd Additional Animation Steve May Consortium Titles X-Factory Executive Producer Caroline Cooper

BENEFACTORS

BT/EMA Innovation Awards, East Midlands Arts, Nottinghamshire New Arts Work, Nottinghamshire County Council, Midlands Media Training