Phill Simmonds

Animator

Alongside his brother Jeff, Phill Simmonds has created a run of quirky short films, which utilise traditional animation to retell real-life stories. The films from the SPADA 2006 New Filmmaker of the Year (shared with Jeff) include family history tale A Very Nice Honeymoon and bickering band chronicle The Paselode Story. His latest project is an animated feature film based on Parihaka.

When we are animating we combine sound and pictures and when you put music and images together you have theatre. It’s coming at you through your ears and your eyes and that makes it potentially very, very powerful. Jeff Simmonds in Onfilm, February 2007