Cate gets behind a female trio who plan to shake up film animation
The new purpose-built, female-led studio is being fronted by Sarah Smith, Elisabeth Murdoch and Julie Lockhart, pictured left to right. “I’m here because of the amazing women I’m supporting tonight,” Blanchett told The Londoner. “Julie and Sarah have been leading for so long and them linking up with the likes of Liz is not only exciting for audiences but the industry. It’s time we saw women in these positions.”
Who knows, we might be seeing Cate in one of Locksmith’s forthcoming movies. “I’m a huge fan,” she said. “I remember the first time I saw an animation by Disney it blew my mind.”
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Locksmith Launches London studios
The firm is currently in production on their first feature Ron’s Gone Wrong, which will tell the story of a walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world becoming every kid’s new best friend. When an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, however, he must try to teach it. The film is due for release November
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“The next global animation powerhouse”
Smith added: “We started with a ridiculous ambition, which was why don’t we have Disney-Pixar or Dreamworks in this country, we can do that here, and luckily enough we found Liz, who believed that was a possibility.”
Comparing Locksmith’s Primrose Hill studio to those of the big companies, she said: “By comparison this is relatively modest but nonetheless we can achieve films of that calibre, partly because of the might of Double Negative, who are possibly the best visual effects company in the world right now, producing amazing high quality imagery. The other is our talent and passion and vision.”
The company has recruited animators who have worked on films including Oscar-winner Coco, The Incredibles, Happy Feet, Inside Out and The Lego Movie.
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