Fixing Luka” a winner at Scottish BAFTA Awards

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Fixing Luka

Fix­ing Luka

Fix­ing Luka,” based on direc­tor Jes­sica Ashman’s per­sonal expe­ri­ence of grow­ing up with an autis­tic brother, was named the win­ner in the ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory Sun­day at the British Acad­emy Scot­land Awards (the Scot­tish BAFTAs).

Pro­duced by Anna Odell at Dig­icult, Fix­ing Luka is a tale of hope, deter­mi­na­tion and acceptance.

In the stop-action film, Luka’s obses­sive rou­tines are played out under the anx­ious gaze of his sis­ter Lucy. She thinks Luka needs fix­ing as every time she dis­turbs his rou­tine, Luka falls apart. Literally.

One evening — bat­tered by his springs and rejec­tions — Lucy finally loses her patience and runs away. Stum­bling in the for­est, she dis­cov­ers a clock­work sol­dier in a shack. When she man­ages to fix his head, Lucy thinks she’s found the solu­tion to her prob­lems at home.

Also nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory were Stew­art Comrie’s Bat­ten­berg — also a Dig­icult release pro­duced by Odell — and Iain Gardner’s The Tan­nery (Axis Animation).

In Bat­ten­berg, hid­den inside an aban­doned house, a strange dual uni­verse awaits an acci­den­tal vis­i­tor. Amid the dis­ori­en­tat­ing, skewed decor, indis­cernible crea­tures scut­tle, jars teem with dark mys­tery and a shad­owy pres­ence resides with ambigu­ous motives, ready to lure us into its rooms of curiosity.

The Tan­nery tells how a fox encoun­ters the ghost of a rab­bit, and reflects on his respon­si­bil­ity as a hunter. The encounter devel­ops into an unusual rela­tion­ship — but when a hunter pre­pares a pelt for mar­ket, the fox dis­cov­ers his con­nec­tion with The Tannery.

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