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Adam Elliot Adam Elliot i(A121043 works by) (a.k.a. Adam Benjamin Elliot)
Born: Established: 1972 Berwick, Narre Warren - Berwick area, Melbourne Outer South East, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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  • Adam Elliot was born in Melbourne and moved to Port Broughton, South Australia with his family at the age of one. When Elliot was five years old, the family moved back to Melbourne. He completed his secondary schooling at Haileybury College. After working at a variety of jobs, Elliot applied to the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996 for entry into the animation course. It was at the VCA that Elliot moved into the field of claymation.

    Elliot worked for the ABC in children's animation before going on to make his own short films. His first short films were Uncle (1996), Cousin (1998) and Brother (1999). In 2004, Elliot won an Oscar for his short film Harvie Krumpet.

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Mary and Max ( dir. Adam Elliot ) 2009 Fitzroy : Melodrama Pictures , 2009 Z1561833 2009 single work film/TV

'A story spanning twenty years and two continents, Mary and Max tells of a pen-friendship between two very different people. Mary Dinkle, a chubby and lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne decides on a whim to to pick a person at random from the New York phone book and sends off a letter asking about life on the other side of the world. It is received by Max Horovitz, an obese 44 year old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York. A friendship is born as the pair exchange letters over the next 20 years. Offering each other support, advice and the chance to see life through another set of eyes.

'Mary and Max's friendship survives much more than the average diet of life's ups and downs. As with Adam Elliot's previous feature film, the Academy Award-winning Harvey Krumpet(2003), Mary and Max is innocent but not naive, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual difference, trust, copulating dogs, religious difference, agrophobia and much much more.'

Source: Mary and Max website,
Sighted: 30/03/2009

2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2009 winner Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Animated Feature Film
2009 commended AFCA Film Awards Best Film
2009 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
2009 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Film
2009 nominated Inside Film Awards Best Script
2009 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Film Script
form y separately published work icon Harvie Krumpet ( dir. Adam Elliot ) Australia : Melodrama Pictures , 2003 Z1575863 2003 single work film/TV humour fantasy

A claymation film telling the story of Harvie Krumpet, an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. From being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning, to having a testicle removed, to developing Alzheimers disease: Harvie's troubles seem unending! Yet Harvie learns many lessons in life and enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity, and ultimately the true meaning of what it is to be human.

(Source: National Film and Sound Archive record.)

2003 winner Inside Film Awards Best Animation
2003 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Short Animation
2003 winner International Awards Academy Awards Best Short Film, Animated Award announced in 2004.
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