2018 promises to be a great year for animation and Halas & Batchelor, if not for many other things!

Firstly 22 years after taking over Halas & Batchelor I have managed to buy out the world rights to Animal Farm 1954 from deRochemomt Films Inc. This is a good time to celebrate and to let everyone know that the film is OURS and not in any way shape or form part of the public domain!

Then even better, the BFI are launching a year of British Animation at the NFT Southbank with packages of films to be distributed countrywide throughout the year. See the full programme

In France and Germany Animal Farm will be shown on TV in the spring with a cinema release to follow. Malavia will be re-mastering a new celebratory Blue Ray DVD of Animal Farm with all kinds of extra bonus material.

So a great start…..

Sunday 4 February

Animal Farm at NFT 3
13.00 at NFT 3 Southbank London 
'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others' Never has George Orwell's words been more relevant! Jez Stewart and Vivien Halas will present the film along with a Q&A for those interested. 

Friday 9 February 

The legacy of Halas & Batchelor 
18.10 NFT 2 Southbank London
Vivien Halas will be in discussion with curator Jez Stewart presenting highlights and new discoveries from the Halas & Batchelor archive including material never seen since the 1970s! 

Tuesday 20 February

Coming of Age, a new history of British Animation Part 2
18.15 NFT 2 Southbank London
After WW2 British Animation flourished both as an industry and an art form. Studios such as Halas & Batchelor and Bob Godfrey Films were at their peak as this program will show.

Tuesday 06 March

Animal Farm in Nottingham
As part of the BFI's Anim18 celebrating British Animation, Animal Farm 1954 will be shown at the Broadway cinema at 10.00

Thursday 08 March 

Animal Farm at Genesis London
10.00 at the Genesis cinema Mile End Road, Into film will present Animal Farm to a schools audience. A good introduction to the world of politics for all!

Thursday 08 March 

Animal Farm at the Depot Lewes
Vivien Halas will present Animal Farm to a young audience. All are welcome, no need to be young to appreciate this wonderful film made in 1954 that resonates more truly today than ever.

Sunday March 18 

Shorts on a loop in Stroud 
Gallery Two at the Stroud Museum in the Park
Drink coffee and eat cake whilst watching some of the best of Halas & Batchelor's short films  

April 11 to April 15

A celebration of Joy Batchelor in Bilbao
The International Film festival in Bilbao will posthumously present Joy Batchelor the Animakom Award 2018. Her work will be showcased starting with Animal Farm and a series of programs to include the rarely screened Ruddigore 1964 and many other of her unsung films. 

Screening 1
Dustbin Parade 1941
Six Little Jungle Boys 1945
Charley Robinson 1946
Train Trouble 1946
Modern Guide to Health 1946
Dolly Put the Kettle On 1947
Shoemaker and the Hatter 1949
Figurehead 1953
All Lit Up 1957  

Screening 2
For Better for Worse 1961
Ruddigore 1964
Automania 2000 1964
The Five 1970 

Screening 3
Ode to Joy 2014  
Animal Farm 1954



Celebrating Animal Farm

Animal Farm 1954

Robinson Charley 1946

Ode to Joy 2014

Ruddigore 1964