Life is not a Dress Rehearsal: My Career Path with Adam Elliot

For all students

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre,
Arts West Building

Adam Elliot is an Oscar Award winning independent stop-motion animation writer and director. He has become one of the world's most celebrated animators with films including Uncle, Cousin, Brother, Harvie Krumpet and Max and Mary.

Far from an overnight success, Adam spent years animating blobs of plasticine in a run-down storage unit in searing summer heat and freezing Melbourne winters. Despite running out of money, being dumped by his partner, moving home with his parents, and ending up on the dole, he was determined to finish Harvie Krumpet no matter what the odds.

In 2003 Harvie Krumpet, narrated by Geoffrey Rush, won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, eclipsing the work of the Disney, Pixar and Fox studios. The Annecy International Animation Festival included Harvie Krumpet as one of the top 100 animated films of all time. In 2009, Max and Mary won numerous Australian and international film awards. It was the official selection opening night film for Robert Redford's 2009 Sundance Film Festival - the first Australian and first animated film to be selected.

Other achievements include:

  • Awarded Young Achiever of the Year for Victoria in 1999
  • Voting member for the Annual Academy Awards
  • Declared a Melbourne Icon by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • Has a feature film due for release in 2020

Come hear Adam share his own stories regarding how he built up his employability skills, to help motivate and inspire you to do the same. Learn about linear and non-linear pathways, and how experiences you have during your degree help shape your future aspirations.

Spaces are strictly limited so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment!