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Format: 35mm/Beta SP PAL
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Colour
Optical Sound/Stereo Sound
R/T 6.5 mins 2002

Festivals:
Cork & Galway & Derry Ireland, Oberhaussen
Dresden & Braunschweig Germany,
Anima Brussels, Tehran Iran, Seattle USA,
Melbourne & Sydney Australia,
Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo Brazil,
KROK Ukraine, Nova Scotia, Manchester &
Bradford England, Sienna Italy, Bilbao Spain.

Among Strangers is adapted from the book 'People of the Sea' by David Thomson. It tells of an incident in the author's life when as a child he first encounters a 'selchie' or grey Atlantic seal. The story is animated in sand, a material which, like the selchie, inhabits a world inbetween land and sea.
The film was inspired by Thomson’s ability to convey the ‘eye-to-eye and breath-to-breath closeness between living things’ and the ease with which he moved from the immediacy of the places and people he met into the paralell universe of the mythological stories they told. The dark shifting sand (only inches away from our face) makes simple silhouette drawings and shapes designed to leave room for our own imagination. The soundtrack combines coastal recordings with a haunting musical score, for which the film won BEST ANIMATION at the Aubagne Film Festival 2006.