Adam Elliot, 2009, Australia, 92 mins, Certificate: 12

This is the delightful and touching story (based on real events) of an unlikely friendship between two strangers in different continents… a lonely Australian girl and a middle-aged  Jewish man with Asperger’s living in New York.

Directed by Australian director Adam Elliot (who won a Best Short Film Academy Award for “Harvie Krumpet” in 2009), this stop-motion animated dramedy has an impressive voice cast including the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman along with Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Bethany Whitmore with narration by Barry Humphries.

We will also be screening another 15 minute Australian short film beforehand so start your year with some beautiful animations!

Where: The Grove Centre, 2 Jews Walk, SE26 6PL
When: 7.30pm Thursday 26 January
Tickets: £5 on the door/free to members

“This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story…” Kate Muir, www.thetimes.co.uk

“Writer-director Adam Elliot (…) upsets audience expectations about claymation and what a film about friendship should be. Mary and Max is not ‘life-affirming’ in a predictable Hollywood way.” Mark Fisher, Sight and Sound

“A very odd, very unlikely animated film from Australia that manages to be sickly-cute, alarmingly grotesque, and right-on at the same time – often in the very same scene.” Andrew Pulver, www.theguardian.com