Last HijackAnimation Director: Gavin Kelly
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Nicky Gogan from Still Films produced the animation for the documentary with Gavin Kelly and the animators at Piranha Bar, using a bespoke technique developed with Tommy Pallotta over a number of months. The team brought actual oil paintings on canvas by artist Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck) and illustrations by Aaron Sacco (A Scanner Darkly), into a software pipeline that involved 2D, 3D and sophisticated compositing.
‘Last Hijack’ is an international co-production by Submarine in co-production with Still Films (Ireland), Razor Film (Germany), Savage Film (Belgium), IKON (The Netherlands) and ZDF (Germany).
The documentary from the team behind A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life, uses an innovative mix of live action and animation to tell the story of Mohamed, a Somali pirate, entirely from his perspective. A true tale of survival, the film explores how Mohamed came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animated re-enactments exploring his memories, dreams and fears, are juxtaposed with up close footage from his everyday life.
What the critics say about LAST HIJACK
“Genre-smashing” – The Village Voice
“Fascinating” – 4 Stars from Entertainment.ie
“Easily one of the best docs of the year” – Indiewire
“Gripping” – Film Journal International
92% – Rotten Tomatoes
“Must-see” – Flavorwire
“Intellectually stimulating…emotionally rewarding” – The Playlist