Award-winning “Rabbit” Director Run Wrake Dies, 47

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British ani­ma­tor and illus­tra­tor Run Wrake, whose Rab­bit was nom­i­nated for a BAFTA Award for Best Ani­mated Short, died at 5 a.m. Sun­day due to can­cer. He was 47.

He had spent a beau­ti­ful Sat­ur­day with his two chil­dren Flo­rence and Joe, his sis­ter Fiona and myself,” his wife Lisa posted on his Face­book page. “We left him at 7 p.m. doing what he loved best — draw­ing and ani­mat­ing with peg bar and paper. I was with him for his last moments.”

Rab­bit (2005) won a host of awards at film fes­ti­vals across the world, includ­ing Best Film at the 2006 British Ani­ma­tion Awards and the McLaren Award for Ani­ma­tion at the Edin­burgh Film Fes­ti­val. Wrake was devel­op­ing an ani­mated fea­ture, The Way to a Whole New You, with writer Neil Jaworski for BBC Films.

Born John Wrake in Yemen in 1965, he stud­ied graphic design at the Chelsea School of Art and then com­pleted an MA at the Royal Col­lege of Art.

As well as mak­ing films, he worked on com­mer­cials and live visu­als for bands includ­ing U2 and Oasis, and worked exten­sively with Howie B, ini­tially on a short film to accom­pany the release of his album Music for Babies and then on a series of pro­mos. In 2010, he devel­oped visu­als for U2’s 360 world­wide tour.

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