The debut feature from UK artist-filmmaker Richard Squires, DOOZY is a creative documentary that employs 'Clovis', an animated antihero, as a means to explore the particular “voice” casting of cartoon villains in the late 1960s. Through the lens of one of Hollywood’s hidden queer histories, the actor Paul Lynde’s voicing of a series of Hanna-Barbera cartoon villains, DOOZY contemplates the psycho-social relationship between villainy and hysterical male laughter; the use of voice as a signifier of ‘otherness’ and the frequently uneasy symbiosis of character and actor. Mixing original animation, re-enactments, biographical detail, and testimonials from experts in the fields of film, history and science, this is quite simply, a "doozy" of a film experience. A post-screening discussion between director Richard Squires, producer Abigail Addison and contributor Dr Sophie Scott will focus on laughter and voicing ‘otherness’. Dr Scott is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at University College London whose research investigates laughter, speech and voice.
Richard Squires is a London-based visual artist and academic who works predominantly with film, drawing and animation. His work is shown internationally in galleries, broadcast and at film festivals. Past projects include ‘Programme’ a hybrid documentary work about the Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris which premiered at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2007) and screened at the Old Operating Theatre the same year; ‘Francis’ an Animate Projects commission for Channel 4 TV (2007) and live work ‘The Uncle Hans-Peter Party’ debuted at the ICA, London (2009). In 2005-2006, Squires and artist Phillip Warnell presented ‘Suture’ an exhibition of installation work at the Old Operating Theatre Museum.
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