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Isobel Wilson

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'Based on a true story, ‘The Goldfish Club’ follows the journey my grandfather, John Wilson took with his crew during World War 2. In the early hours of the 20th January 1945 somewhere over the Adriatic Sea, the Wellington Bomber that 19-year-old John was piloting, caught on fire. John made the difficult decision to ditch the plane and have his crew try to escape to a rescue dinghy. They are tested to their emotional and physical limits during the next 71 hours as they try to survive injuries, the brutal winter cold and the loss of their dear friend in the crash

The name of the film comes from the real-life association which my Grandad and his crew became life-long members of once they were rescued. It honours people whose aircraft crashed in the water, and whose lives were saved by a life jacket, inflatable dinghy, or similar device.

'The Goldfish Club' is an experimental journey into the minds and bodies of those directly affected by war and how people come to cope under extreme stress. 

The film was created by mixing 2D digital animation with charcoal and oil-on-glass techniques to create a unique hybrid of colours and textures. An underlying theme in all my animated work is that of isolating spaces and natural landscapes and how they shape not only themselves but also the characters placed in them.'

Awards: 'The Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Art' award 2020




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