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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Directed by Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy

UK | 30

11 Feb
Sat, Feb 11, 2023 at 12:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Peter Baynton, Director Charlie Mackesy and Producer Cara Speller expected to attend


From Apple TV+, Charlie Mackesy’s best selling book comes to life in this beautifully hand-drawn animated film from NoneMore and Bad Robot Productions. Follow the unlikely bond between four friends as they explore the meaning of kindness, courage and hope. The book, first published in 2019 right before the pandemic began, quickly rose to the top of many best seller lists and became a source of comfort for readers across the world. The short was just nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Film (Animated) category, and features the voice talent of Idris Elba, Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hollander, and Jude Coward Nicoll as well as a lovely score from Isobel Waller-Bridge. “Our hope is that people will sit and watch it together, because it’s about togetherness. The film is about connections and about being kind and being vulnerable, and friendship and love.” Producer, Cara Speller.

Along with the screening, this program will also feature a behind the scenes presentation, Q&A, interactive drawing activity, and meet & greet with our special guests. We encourage attendees to bring materials for drawing and copies of the book if you’d like them signed.

This special event, hosted by SFFILM Education under its Family Programming initiative, is free and open to the public. Advance RSVP is required. This program, including the film, will run for 75 minutes total.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Director Peter Baynton

Peter is an award-winning director of animated films. He has been obsessed with drawing pictures that tell stories since he was a kid. After a brief foray into architecture, where he learned his buildings would be neither safe nor tasteful, he decided to learn the craft of character animation instead, studying at Central St Martin’s in London. His first film after graduating, Over the Hill, won The McLaren Award for Best British Animation, and he was selected by Screen International as a UK Star of Tomorrow. He has been directing animated shorts, music promos and commercials for 14 years since then, and in 2015 he decided to follow his heart and pursue longer form animation, working as a storyboard artist on the BAFTA-winning CBeebies show Sarah & Duck, and then as 2D Animation Director for Paddington 2. In 2020 he started working on a film of Charlie Mackesy’s beloved book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse with NoneMore Productions, and directing this film with Charlie has been the greatest privilege of his professional life. He is now in the early stages of directing a feature film for Lupus Films Ltd, to be released in 2024.

Director Charlie Mackesy

British artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator, before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, galleries and public spaces around the world. His internationally bestselling book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, was published in October 2019 and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction Chart across all formats as well as being the longest-running Sunday Times Non-Fiction Number One of all time. A number one New York Times best-seller, it is one of eight books since 2013 that has remained on the number one New York Times Bestseller and on the New York Times Advice, Misc. Best Seller list

Producer Cara Speller

Cara Speller is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy-nominated, BAFTA-winning and triple Grammy-nominated producer, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2020 Cara teamed up with author and artist Charlie Mackesy to form a new film and television production company, NoneMore Productions, to develop multiple projects based on the world of Mackesy’s books. NoneMore’s first project is an animated short film adaptation of Mackesy’s book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse being co-produced with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. The 30-minute short features hand-drawn animation capturing the look and spirit of the book and involves a team of artists from 20 countries working alongside Mackesy to bring the project to the big screen.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Runtime 30

Country UK

Director Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy

Executive Producer Jony Ive, Woody Harrelson

Producer Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy, Cara Speller, Matthew Freud, Hannah Minghella, J.J. Abrams

Writer Jon Croker, Charlie Macksey

Editor Daniel Budin

Music Isobel Waller-Bridge

Cast Jude Coward Nicoll, Tom Hollander, Idris Elba, Gabriel Byrne

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not available for this film

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not available for this film

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film