Adam Elliot’s Desert Island Flicks

Back in February we kicked off a new program called Desert Island Flicks, in which we stranded (metaphorically, of course) celebrities on a desert island and gave them only five films for company. It’s not just the choice of their top five film experiences that is fascinating, but the wonderful insight the conversation offers into their lives, passions and inspirations.

Our first celebrity to crank up the projector made of driftwood and coconuts (ala Gilligan’s Island) was claymation extraordinaire Adam Elliot, winner of an Academy Award for Harvie Krumpet and all-round nice guy. For those who missed seeing Adam at this session, we’ve compiled five short videos in which he reveals the films that are closest to his heart.

His first choice was the touching Swedish film My Life as a Dog (1985), directed by Lasse Hallström:

Adam’s second choice was horror shock flick Misery (1990), directed by Rob Reiner, which launched the career of the wonderful Kathy Bates:

The third film on Adam’s list was the masterful Jeunet and Caro film Delicatessen (1991), which Adam reveals was an inspiration to his own work:

Adam’s fourth pick was Milos Forman’s Hollywood breakthrough, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975):

The fifth and final of Adam’s desert island flicks was the enduring Australian classic Malcolm (1986), directed by Nadia Tass:

Adam’s handiwork can also be admired in the free Mary and Max exhibtion on show at ACMI until Sunday 6 June. The exhibition features character models, costumes and sketches from the film plus all manner of fascinating behind-the-scenes insights, including video of the artists at work.

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