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Blue Willow Short Film (Full Length) – 2005 Drama Animation Children

Blue Willow

Short Film (Full Length) – 2005 Drama Animation Children

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Veialu Aila-Unsworth directs this re-imagining of the ubiquitous blue and white ‘willow china’ ceramic pattern (designed by Thomas Minton in the late 18th Century). Aila-Unsworth’s exquisite animation uses the design as a tableau for a tragic tale. It tells the story — supposedly derived from an ancient Chinese folktale — of lovers fleeing an angry father. The doomed pair are ultimately transformed into birds by the gods, finally escaping from oppression ... and bangers and mash. Blue Willow was selected for the Berlin Film Festival (Kinderfest section).

Key Cast & Crew

Veialu Aila-Unsworth

Director, Writer, Producer, Camera, Illustrator

Thomas Beauchamp

As: Tajin

Jing He

As: Old Koong-se

A beautiful daughter ... a forbidden love. To find true happiness she must risk all.
– From the film

Produced by

Veialu Aila-Unsworth


Funded by the Screen Innovation Fund, Toi Whakaari  - NZ Drama School and Victoria University of Wellington


Composed and performed by Tim Beals