Mary and Max was written and directed by Adam Elliot, a stop motion animator from Melbourne, Australia. Elliot uses clay models for all his films and every single set, prop and character is made by hand by a team of animators and model-makers. There is no computer generated wizardry at all which is remarkable in itself. The film features a star voice cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Bethany Whitmore, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries.
It is 1976 and 8 year old Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore) is living a lonely life in Mount Waverley, Australia. Her family is quite poor and she is teased for her lack of nice clothes and also because of a birthmark on her forehead. One day, Mary Daisy decides to write a letter to someone who lives in New York City and randomly chooses the name Max Jerry Horowitz from the phone book. Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a middle-aged man with anxiety issues and mental health problems. Also lonely, Max writes back to Mary and the two become penfriends, a friendship that endures for two decades.
Curzon Cinema, Wed 22nd Jan, times tbc.
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily)