The Debutante 2022

A spirited young woman persuades a hyena from London Zoo to take her place at a dreaded dinner dance being held in her honour. Their plan requires a surprising amount of artistry and violence. The Debutante is based on a short story written by the artist Leonora Carrington, who was presented at the court of King George V and herself became a debutante in 1936. The film is animated with ink and paint on paper, with some collage and cut-out animation, captured under a rostrum camera. I’ve also used rotoscoping to summon up the glamour of the 1930s, which is when the story is set. The film is my tribute to an extraordinary artist, who’s courage, feminism and connection to the natural world are an inspiration to us even now.  

The Debutante is produced by Animate Projects, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and with thanks to the Estate of Leonora Carrington.

The Debutante premiered at Annecy International Animation Festival in June 2022.