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22 March 2019

A sting in the tale.

by Andrew MacGregor


Short Films: “Sir John Lubbock's Pet Wasp” - 2 mins

This black-and-white curio from directors Laurie Hill and Osbert Parker offers a fun sideways glance at the work of John Lubbock: nineteenth-century baron, knight of the realm, and noted insect lover.

Part biopic, part entomological fever dream, Hill and Parker cast Lubbock as a wasp's insistent mentor. Keen to gauge the creature's intellectual capacity, Lubbock provides it with everything from pianos to books… and, erm, copious amounts of tea.

Crafted via paper cutouts and stop-motion animation, it's an irreverent yet endearing look at one of the nation's eminent polymaths. If this film is to be believed, laboratory conditions have changed a lot since Lubbock's time.


Director: Laurie Hill (Annex Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Editor: Julian Tranquille Ⓦ @ Cut+Run Ⓟ Ⓦ
Compositor: Michael Zauner
Animation: Ollie Griffiths
Sound Designer: Rob Szeliga
Composer: Terence Dunn

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