FilmLab 2009 team
The People’s Republic of Animation
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Hugh founded The People’s Republic of Animation with Eddie White and James Calvert in 2001. As Head of Development, Hugh oversees the development and financing of PRA’s feature film projects, working with producers, writers and directors involved with PRA’s slate.
As PRA’s in-house producer, Hugh has produced a number of PRA’s Film and TV work including the controversial short series, Errorrism: a comedy of terrors for TV and Mobile, The Ghastly Gourmet Cooking Show and I was a Teenage Butterfly pilots for Nickeloodeon Australia, and short films Carnivore Reflux (2006), Sweet & Sour (2007) and The Cat Piano (2009).
Hugh is also passionate about developing the local animation industry in South Australia and helped establish a 2D animation course for the University of Adelaide, as well as the Digtopia animation production initiative for emerging animation teams.
Eddie founded The People’s Republic of Animation with Hugh Nguyen and James Calvert in 2003. As the company’s Creative Director, Eddie contributes many of the visionary ideas that inspire the studio’s work through his writing, directing and design.
Partnering with James Calvert, Eddie co-directed the short films Fritz Gets Rich (2005) and Carnivore Reflux (2006). Both films were nominated for AFI Awards in their respective years, and Carnivore Reflux won the trophy for Best Animation at the IF Awards in 2006.
Eddie wrote and directed the short film Sweet & Sour (2007) - Australia’s first official animated co-production with China – which was made in co-operation with the renowned Shanghai Animation Film Studio. The film won Best Short Animation at the Dendy Awards and the SBS Television Award at the St Kilda Film Festival. His most recent short film, The Cat Piano (2009), was narrated by Nick Cave and won the 2009 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival award for Best Short Film. The Cat Piano has been chosen to compete in the Official Selection at this year’s prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival.
Eddie has also written and directed TV pilots for Nickelodeon and TV commercials for Vili’s and Mitsubishi.
Other FilmLab 2009 teams
Matt Bate and Julie Byrne.
Ashlee Page and Sonya Humphrey of Sacred Cow.
Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason and Matt Cormack of Closer Productions.