Presented by British Council, NFB and UK Trade and Investment Canada

It's hard to pin down the work of British animator, Paul Bush, and that's precisely what makes his work so intriguing. He's dabbled in scratch animation, stop motion, time-lapse, engraving, and even video collage, never satisified to stick with one technique. What doesn't change is Bush's on-going commitment (obsession?) to exploring how we perceive the world around us, examining how time and space effect our interpretation of everyday objects, environments and people. Don't be afraid though. Bush's work may be philosophical, but it's often funny, created with a sly wink that reminds us that in the end it's all just a big game.

For more information about Paul Bush and his work please visit his website,


Thursday, Septermber 22, 7:00 pm
(National Gallery)
Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)
Running time: 76:50 mins.


His Comedy [1994]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 8:00

The poet Dante is taken by Virgil through the gates of the city of desolation and into the centre of hell. What he sees is not simply an apocalyptic vision of the punishment that awaits sinners after death but also the very real horrors committed by human hands on earth.

Still Life with Small Cup [1995]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 3:30

A radical reworking of an etching by the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, brought to life by engraving frame by frame directly into the photographic emulsion of colour filmstock.

The Rumour of True Things [1996]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 26:00

Most of the moving images produced for science, industry, commerce and medicine are seen only by a specialised audience, and disappear soon after they have been made. The Rumour of True Things is constructed entirely from these transient images

Furniture Poetry [1999]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 5:15

'What prevents me from supposing that this table either vanishes or alters its shape when no one is observing it and then when someone looks at it again changes back? But one feels like saying - who is going to suppose such a thing?' This was part of Ludwig Wittgenstein contribution to the long standing philosophical debate about the value of human sensory perception to logical argument. This film is Paul Bush's contribution to the debate as he changes tables, chairs, teapots, jugs, fruit, footwear and anything else he can find lying around the house.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [2001]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 5:15

Imagine that the camera is possessed with a psychosis similar to human schizophrenia; suppose that this disease subtly changes every single frame while leaving the narrative superficially intact. Then imagine that these symptoms came on as a result of the trauma of recording bizarre or horrific events, for instance those of the 1941 horror film Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Scenes from the Victor Fleming movie are restaged frame by frame with new performers occupying the body spaces of Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, etc…

Room 2 [2002]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 2:00

Commercial produced for British furniture store Room 2.

  Busby Berkeley’s Tribute to Mae West [2002]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 1:20

Busby Berkeley's tribute to screen sex goddess Mae West as imagined by the director.

Shinjuku Samurai [2004]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 6:00

The day is Friday, 27 August, 2004. The Samurai are twenty six citizens of Tokyo, stopped as they pass in the busy Shinjuku business and entertainment district of the city. The warriors are asked to stand completely still for five minutes in front of a time lapse camera while the teeming crowds of the biggest city in the world stream by.

While Darwin Sleeps [2004]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 5:00

Thousands of insects pass through the film each for a single frame. It seems that the genetic progamme of millions of years is taking place in a few minutes. It is like a mescaline vision dreamt by Charles Darwin.

The Albatross [1998]
Paul Bush / United Kingdom / 35mm / 14:30

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner illustrated by 19th century wood engravings and brought to life by scratching directly into the surface of colour filmstock.