New Year

February 2018
a man with birds flying around his head
In 1999 a boy becomes obsessed with the Y2K bug. In the future a girl is learning to be a priest in a religion based upon the artefacts left behind by the boy.

Keep your eyes peeled for NEW YEAR. This wacky, fun, original, laugh out loud story jumped right off the page. Diana and Rory are working together for the first time, and we think the results will be rather special.

BFI NETWORK

New Year

About the filmmaker: Diana Gradinaru & Rory Waudby-Tolley
Diana Gradinaru
Diana is a freelance London-based animator and illustrator with a background in Fine Art. She studied animation at the Royal College of Art. She has worked on independent documentaries and projects for clients including the BBC, the RSA, Turf Projects and King’s College. Her style blends the hyper-detailed and the naive to surreal effect. 
 
 
Rory Waudby-Tolley 
Rory is an animator / writer / film-maker and graduate from the Royal College of Art. His graduation film Mr Madila has won prizes at Palm Springs, Fantoche, Flickerfest, Premier Plans Angers and the RTS Award for Best Post Grad Animation. He recently completed an Arts Residency at Pinsent Masons, an international law firm, creating an experimental animated documentary Art For Lawyers. He is currently represented by Beakus for commercial animation work, and has several short film ideas in early stages of development.
The cult of personality is terrifying, insane and at times hilarious. I am interested in how humans fabricate meaning and place their most deep-seated fears in the most unlikely of gods.
Diana Gradinaru
 
I've always been obsessed with the anticipation of the Year 2000, how it was simultaneously the beginning of the future, and the end of world. We want to make a film that looks at humans struggling with their mortality, over thousands of years, through stories, ritual and religion.
Rory Waudby-Tolley