Animation - Shortlisted 2012
Mather made her way to the National Film and Television School with a Leverhulme Scholarship and a CBTF award. Her 2010 graduation piece, Stanley Pickle, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it won the prestigious McLaren Award for New British Animation.
Since then, Mather’s film has been selected for over 70 film festivals around the world and has picked up 26 international awards – making it the most awarded graduate film from the NFTS in the past 40 years.
Having started in photography, design and illustration, Mather brings a rich pallet of techniques to her film projects, working in both stop animation and live action. She has also collaborated with renowned designer Lulu Guinness to create a 45 second fashion film, The World is Your Oyster. “I am interested in stories and expressing them using a mixture of techniques,” says Mather. “I really enjoy working with physical theatre actors and movement directors – these professions, crossing with animation, create something really interesting to me. I’m a great believer in strong art direction and giving a film production value, should the story need it.”
Mather has been inspired by an eclectic mix of film directors, from Terry Gilliam and Stanley Kubrick to Stephen Spielberg and Tim Burton. She admires the qualities they all share of having a strong vision and a clear style, while also remaining versatile.
“My ultimate goal is to become a feature film director who uses a mixture of techniques to tell stories.”