Becker International hassigned on to handle worldwide sales on the planned animated feature Mary & Max from Oscar winner AdamElliot.
The writer/director won anAcademy Award in 2004 for his short film HarvieKrumpet. His new project is backed by Becker alongside Australiandistributor and sister company, Dendy Films.
Becker head Iain Canningwill be talking up the claymation film at AFM inNovember. It tells the tale of the 20-year relationship between two verydifferent pen pals: Mary Dinkle, a lonely girl in Melbourne, and New Yorker MaxHorovitz. Toni Collette will be the voice of Mary - the
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'My storytelling styleis deliberately innocent and yet not naive,' Elliot said. 'Like thelittle kid who points to a disabled person and asks 'Mum why has that man onlygot one leg'' - the questions and observations arecorrect, honest and importantly come without judgement or prejudice.
'Like Harvie Krumpet, Mary & Max is aimed primarily atadults and young people. However, such is the lure of animation,that children will still engage with the film on another level.'
Elliot also made the shortfilms Uncle, Cousin and Brother. Along with Harvie Krumpet they have screened at more than 500 festivals andwon over 100 awards.