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LIAF 2017 Opening night Gala: The Absurdist Narratives of David OReilly (15*)

Part of LIAF 2017

A still from David OReilly's Everything

Celebrate the opening of LIAF 2017 with an evening with independent animator David OReilly, one of the most adventurous, innovative and perverse filmmakers working today.

Famous for stripping down 3D graphics to the point of absurdity, the Irish-born and Los Angeles-based filmmaker OReilly will discuss the many facets of his award-winning career in animation and graphic design, and screen some of his most celebrated films and interactive projects.

A mesmerizing storyteller with a gift for open-ended, absurdist narratives, OReilly is resolutely independent. His work pushes boundaries of form and defies aesthetic conventions. Recently he has entered into the realm of gaming but with a characteristic metaphysical twist.

Moving freely among television network, feature film, music video and games, OReilly has created work for Spike Jonze, MIA, U2 and Adventure Time.

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A wolf finds it's dead mother.

Ireland/US 2006 Dir David OReilly 3min



A boy finds adventure in the big city.

Ireland/US Dir David OReilly 12min

Octocat Adventure
Octocat searches for his parents.
Ireland/US 2008 Dir David OReilly 5min


Please Say Something

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale, 2009.

A troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future.

Ireland/US 2009 Dir David OReilly 10min


Black Lake

In collaboration with Jon Klassen, a lovely, looping, electric sheep dream.

Ireland/US 2010 Dir David OReilly 2min


Story of Genki???

The creation and evolution of a fantastical super being and its rapid journey.

Ireland/US 2011 Dir David OReilly 1min


The External World

Winner of more than 40 awards in festivals worldwide.

A boy learns to play the piano.

Ireland/US 2011 Dir David OReilly 17min


Heaven’s Countryland Parts 1,2,4 and 7

Made for Adult Swim, 4 short North Korean infomercials detailing the biography of Kim Jong Un.

Ireland/US 2014 Dir David OReilly 3min


Her – Alien Child/Hologram sequences

Created for the Spike Jonze feature film ’Her’, nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

A foul-mouthed alien child guides players through holographic tunnels while hilariously insulting the player.

Ireland/US 2014 Dir David OReilly 3min



A simulation of the systems of nature seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe. Narrated by British philosopher Alan Watts.

Ireland/US 2017 Dir David OReilly 11min



Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings


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