14th April 2014
2014 marks the centenary of Norman McLaren’s birth, and McLaren 2014 is a programme celebrating this anniversary of the pioneering Scottish artist, filmmaker and musician, exploring McLaren’s life and work with special exhibitions, screenings, workshops and performances in Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of the UK from April to August 2014.
Norman McLaren is renowned for his innovative and prolific animated experiments, including the Oscar winning Neighbours (1952) was born in Stirling, Scotland. He worked for John Grierson at the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit in London in the 1930s, before moving to New York, and then Canada, where he worked with Grierson at the National Film Board.
The McLaren 2014 Programme has been produced by the Centre for the Moving Image in Edinburgh, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada. Artistic Director, Iain Gardner, is short animation programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival and is himself an award winning animator.
Edinburgh International Film Festival’s prestigious McLaren Award recognises the excellence of UK animation. British Council Film is pleased to support the Award and to have co-programmed a selection of recent films from the festival in an international touring package.