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A Recipe for Gruel – The Movie

Frank Key’s Hooting Yard is brought to the screen, thanks to brilliant animator Sharon Smith…

The Dabbler is delighted to present this splendid 10-minute animated film by Sharon Smith. It is an adaptation of a tale by our own Frank Key, is narrated by him, and has been screened at film festivals and competitions all over the world, including Annecy, Edinburgh, Brazil and last month’s Raindance in London.

Sharon, aka Miss HatHorn has worked as a 2D animator and story artist for many top studios and film makers including Mark Baker, Tim Burton, Richard Purdum, Richard Williams, Studio AKA and Passion Pictures, and has worked on movies including Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. You can see more about her work here.

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About Author Profile: Frank Key

Frank Key is a London-based writer, blogger and broadcaster best known for his Hooting Yard blog, short-story collections and his long-running radio series Hooting Yard on the Air, which has been broadcast weekly on Resonance FM since April 2004. By Aerostat to Hooting Yard - A Frank Key Reader, an ideal introduction to his fiction, is published for Kindle by Dabbler Editions. Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives was published in October 2015 by Constable and is available to buy online and in all good bookshops.

3 thoughts on “A Recipe for Gruel – The Movie

  1. November 14, 2014 at 09:17

    This is stunningly good. I love Sharon Smith’s additions too – the goat and the crossword especially.

    Future animators will surely find endless material in the Hooting Yard oeuvre…

  2. johngjobling@googlemail.com'
    November 14, 2014 at 09:52

    Deserves a wide audience and commercial success, who was the casting director? if there is a remake of The Clangers the chicken is a natural for the part.

  3. Worm
    November 14, 2014 at 13:31

    gosh that was good!

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