What happened when Bob Hawke locked horns with Frank Sinatra? When Lionel Rose met Elvis? And when Enrico Caruso slipped a hot Italian sausage into Nellie Melba’s captive palm? Presented with humour and verve, Australian Encounters celebrates ten historic meetings, each between a renowned Australian and an international mover and shaker. It’s memorable, informative and astonishing.
Based on the long running and very popular Encounters column, created by Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz, and published in the Monthly magazine, the series premiered on ABC TV in July 2013.
Remarkably, all ten episodes were entirely hand drawn by New Zealander Chris Grosz, the old-fashioned way, using pens and watercolours. The beautiful, layered, and dynamic animation is the work of director Stephen Watkins and acclaimed animation house, XYZ Studios.
Best Comedy – AACTA Social Shorts, 2014
Best Animation – Online Video Awards, 2014