Two Flat Whites caught up with Academy Award winner Adam Elliot. Adam has won an AFI award for his Short Animated Film ‘Uncle’. He also won his Academy Award in 2003 for his Animated Short Film, ‘Harvie Krumpet’. Adam’s films have participated in over 500 film festivals and they have won over one hundred awards. You can catch his new film ‘Mary & Max’ which he directed at cinemas from the 9th April 2009.
Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?
After 5 years on a prawn farm in outback South Australia we moved to the suburb of Mount Waverley in Melbourne. But now I hang my hat in Windsor.
In your own words, what do you do?
I tell stories……and never let the truth get in the way.
Where did you learn your craft?
My kindergarten teacher, my Art teacher Graham Bennett at Haileybury College, Sarah Watt and Robert Stephenson at the VCA and all the wonderful lecturers at the Brighton Bay Art and Design School.
Who inspires you?
My pugs, Barry & Kevin.
TV Show – The Muppet Show
Hobby – Drawing & making things out of egg cartons & pipe cleaners
Food – Lolly gobble bliss bombs & sweetened condensed milk
Fear – The Werewolf from the film The American Werewolf in London
People – The Two Ronnies & Dame Edna
Defining moment – When my friend Brett Krueger told me there was no such thing as Santa.
Schooling memories, chore or cherished?
Where is the most beautiful place in Australia you have visited?
The Pinewood Independent Cinema in Mt Waverley where I went every Saturday as a child.
From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?
Immersing myself in all things Plasticine.
Who are your favourite film personalities? And is there anyone we should keep a look out for in Australia?
Jan Swankmayer, surrealist stop-motion genius in Czechoslovakia. In Australia, our Mary and Max cinematographer Gerald Thompson, also a brilliant writer.
Where can people see your work?
Check newspapers for details! – In cinemas April 9.
For love or money?
Depends how drunk I am
What future endeavors are in the pipeline?
Finishing drawing my kids book. So far it’s taken me 15 years!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Raising pugs on a farm in Daylesford
If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?
Barry Humphries, Michael Leunig & Marcel Marceau – to ask their thoughts on iphones.
Coffee or Tea?