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SOHRAB AND RUSTUM won Yoram Gross Award For Best Animation in Sydney Film Festival 2019

News update in 2019

January 2019 Lee returned to her studio to begin work on a new animation project.


Lee travels through time to Egypt and the city of Cairo in1837. She has learnt that her great great Uncle John Hill an Englishman went there to work for the pasha as an engineer. While there he became very involved in the life of the city and an expedition exploring the great pyramids of Giza with the eccentric Colonel Vyse. The trip reminds Lee of a picture her father once painted. She travels on a trusty donkey into the heart of old Cairo and follows her uncle and his wife on an adventure through time and space and a lot of sand.

News update in 2018

Associate producer Jingjing Ma launched a successful KICKSTARTER Campaign to fund SOHRAB AND RUSTUM’s postproduction costs.

In July 2018 Lee launched her 5th animated film SOHRAB AND RUSTUM at a cast and crew screening at The Australian Film Television and Radio School.


The story of a young charismatic English teacher who reads a poem to her students a group of fourteen year old girls whose main concerns are pop music and nail polish. The poem takes the girls on a journey to ancient Persia and a legendary fight between two warriors Sohrab and Rustum. The poem ends tragically and the girls are confronted by the reality of death. In the last stanza watercolour images of the night sky over the Oxus River remind us of the eternal nature of life.

Late 2018 added French Subtitles to SOHRAB AND RUSTUM.
Written by Barbara Lassare
Created by Jingjing Ma

October 2018 The Films of Lee Whitmore were showcased in at the Canberra International Film Festival, National Screen and Sound Archive Theatre, billed as ‘ Lee Whitmore in Conversation with Glenys Rowe’.

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News update in 2016

2016 has seen the completion of Lee’s first graphic novel ‘Ada Louise, a life imagined’. Based on the life of the same person as the animation ‘Ada’ and published as a limited edition book. It will be launched at Gleebooks in April.

Lee has resumed work on SOHRAB AND RUSTUM an eleven minute animation.

News update in 2012

2012 has been busy, Lee’s animated films have been showcased in:
MIAF (Melbourne International Animation Festival) in June,
and 33rd Annual Hall’s Gap Film Festival (Victoria) in November.

Lee also ran workshops at both these festivals in the animation technique: paint on glass.

Artwork from Lee’s film ‘The Safe House’ has been exhibited in GLASSIMATIONS curated by Lienors Torre.
Deakin University Art Gallery (Melbourne) in June/July,
and the Glass Gallery (Canberra) November 2012/January 2013.

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“Hand-Drawn Histories, THE FILMS OF LEE WHITMORE” (DVD)

SIAF – Sydney International Animation Festival, UTS, Monday 26th September 2011.

RONIN FILMS launched “Hand-Drawn Histories, THE FILMS OF LEE WHITMORE”

A new remastered compilation DVD of Lee’s work. It includes interviews with Lee, a slideshow of her sketches and storyboards. and a beautiful booklet about her animation process.

This is the first digitised collection of Lee’s major works

  • NED WETHERED (11mins)
  • ON A FULL MOON (17mins)
  • ADA (7mins)
  • THE SAFE HOUSE (26mins)

now available through RONIN FILMS
Email: orders@roninfilms.com.au

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