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30 April 2007 PR 07/53

Co-director of Chicken Run to give lecture at Loughborough

Peter Lord CBE – co-director of Chicken Run and co-producer of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – is to give a lecture at Loughborough University on Tuesday 15 May.

The event, entitled From Morph to Flushed Away, will take place in the Cope Auditorium at 7.45pm. It is part of a new public lecture series exploring dynamic issues in contemporary art and design.

Peter Lord is co-owner and creative director of Aardman Animations, which he co-founded with his long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972. As a director, Lord has been honoured with two Oscar nominations for Best Animated Short – the first in 1992 for Adam and again in 1996 for Wat’s Pig. He has also earned BAFTA nominations for Adam, The Amazing Adventures of Morph and War Story.

In 2000 Lord teamed up with Nick Park to co-direct Aardman’s first full-length feature Chicken Run. He also produced the Oscar-winning first feature-length film starring Wallace and Gromit – Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – released in 2005. Lord was also involved in the production of Aardman’s latest feature film Flushed Away, produced in collaboration with DreamWorks.

The lecture at the University will be accompanied by an exhibition of Aardman archive material, including original character models from the Aardman Collection. There will also be a cartoon history of the company, character design and production drawings from the Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run films, and a feature film production flow chart.

In addition to the lecture and exhibition there will be a special screening of short animations made by local sixth form students as part of a series of workshops held during the Easter holidays.

Paul Wells, director of Loughborough University’s Animation Academy, says: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Peter Lord to Loughborough. Through characters such as Morph, Wallace and Gromit and, more recently, through Computer Generated Animation projects such as the film Flushed Away, Aardman have made animation extremely popular. I’m sure Peter will prove to be an inspiration to our audience.”

Tickets for the event are free, but must be booked in advance through the Animation Academy – email Gareth Howell at G.S.Howell@lboro.ac.uk

This event is supported by the Helen Jean Cope Trust.

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  1. Further information about Aardman Animations is available at www.aardman.com

  2. More details about Loughborough University’s Animation Academy can be found at www.animationacademy.co.uk

  3. Schools that took part in the animation workshops are:
    Burleigh Community College
    Loughborough College
    Hind Leys Community College
    Wreake Valley Community College
    Rawlins Community College

  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university

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