The Burglar With the Yellow Hand (2014)

A short film by Katherine Blakeney
Score Composed by Michael Klubertanz
Running Time: 9:10 minutes
B/W and Color, NTSC, Stereo, 16:9
©2012 Katherine Blakeney

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This darkly humorous, symbolic, stop motion animated short film celebrates the idea of art vanquishing greed and corruption. Set in the early 1900s, the story follows the fate of unlucky art burglar Conrad Lucas and the rebellious painting he unwittingly brings to his hidden lair. As the painting ferociously invades his familiar black-and-white world with vibrant color, Conrad is plunged into a nightmarish struggle for his sanity and identity, realizing too late that no future can be built on the ruins of a betrayed past. Fusing the early 20th century aesthetic of Silent Era German Expressionist films and modern technology, this short film emphasizes the enduring impact of great art on our personal and historical future while celebrating the roots of cinema itself.

Cast and Crew

Conrad Lucas – The Burglar

Katherine Blakeney – Director, Animator, Set and Costume Designer, Screenwriter, Art Director, Editor, Sound Mixer, Special Effects Designer

Katherine Blakeney and Eleanor Percy – Sets and Props

Michael Klubertanz – Original Score and Instrumental Arrngements

Festivals, Screenings and Awards

November 12, 2015

Shortlisted for Arts and Humanities Reasearch Council (UK) Research in Film Award. AHRC Research in Film Awards Ceremony at the BFI Southbank.

August 24th, 2015 at 8pm

Screening Woodland Creatures at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival .

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