An interview with animator Xin Li

Posted on October 19th, by mosaicfilms in News. No Comments

Mosaic director Laurie Harris spoke to animator Xin Li about his paint on glass animation style following their collaboration on The Big Push.

The Big Push was produced in collaboration with the Poetry Society and the Fleming Collection. The film is an evocative paint on glass animation in response to the Herbert James Gunn painting – ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’. The animation also visualises renowned Scottish poet John Glenday’s verse interpretation of the painting – ‘The Big Push’. The film will be displayed at the Fleming Collection Gallery in London, film festivals and across the Internet.

Laurie Harris: How old were you when you first started to think about animation as a potential career? Why did you think about going into animation?

Xin Li: Back in 2007 I graduated from my Bachelor’s degree for oil paintings and fine art … Read More »

Jamaica’s Silent Children

Posted on September 30th, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, News, Our Films. No Comments

Jamaica has one of the highest rates of child sex abuse in the world. In 2013 alone, over 2,000 cases of abuse against minors were recorded by the authorities, but experts say many more go unreported. Cultural acceptance of underage sex as the norm and a deep mistrust of the police appear to be inhibiting victims and their parents from coming forward.

We followed Jamaican activist Julie Mansfield, herself molested by her uncle as a child, as she traveled across the country to try and raise awareness and demand better protection for the nation’s children.

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Director: Lucy Chapman

Watch Jamaica’s Silent Children.

Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression

Posted on August 12th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through. This series was produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.

Mike’s Story

‘Mike’s story’ explores the challenge of watching your partner transform into a different person, overcome with anxiety and insomnia. How do you support your wife, hold down a job and look after your newborn baby as all sense of normality collapses around you?


Katie’s Story

‘Katie’s story’ explores the life of a young mum trying to overcome a difficult past and build a brighter future for herself and her child as she battles her … Read More »

Health Research: Making The Right Decision For Me

Posted on June 16th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments


Mosaic Films worked with The Nuffield Council on Bioethics to produce a short animation which conveys some of the key themes of the Council’s report ‘Children and clinical research: ethical issues’ from the perspective of Mia – a character who goes through some of the questions and issues that might be raised when a young person is invited to take part in clinical research. The script was developed following a workshop with 14 young people aged 10-18 who had previously been in contact with the Council, but were not ‘experts’ in clinical research.

To watch the film click here.

St Helena An End To Isolation

Posted on March 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

‘Saint-Helena’, one of the most remote islands in the world, is about to lose it’s isolation due to the arrival of an international airport. Investors and the Government want to change the island into a tourist attraction; a contemporary ‘eco’ paradise far away from the busy life of cities. Over the course of three years this 1 x 80’/60′ film follows six islanders, who call themselves Saints, as they’re trying to make sense of the changes that are coming their way. A 23′ version of the film, broadcast on BBC Our World, is available to watch here.

The island, Great Britain’s second oldest remaining colony, was once an important trade post in the discovery of the modern world.  Today Saint-Helena lays lost and forgotten in the vast Atlantic ocean. Distanced from the mainland by five sailing days … Read More »

BBC Learning: History Animations

Posted on December 3rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

A quick-fire animated series of irreverently narrated documentaries aimed at 8-11 year olds. The films look at four different eras of History – the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and also at ‘How to be a Historian’ – exploring the similarities between the roles of historians and detectives.

The films are available on the BBC Learning Zone, click on the title to watch the film:

How can I be a Historian?
Animation at step 2

How did the Romans change Britain?
Animation at step 2

How did the ancient Greeks change the world?
Animation at step 2

What do we know about ancient Greek culture?
Animation at step 2

What was life like in Viking Britain?
Animation in step 5

What did the Anglo-Saxons believe?

Matters Of Life And Death Nominated For BAFTA Children’s Awards 2014

Posted on October 27th, by mosaicfilms in News. No Comments

Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that Matters of Life and Death (BBC Learning, 2014) has been nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards in the category Learning – Secondary. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Sunday 23 November and will be hosted by Doc Brown.

Matters of Life and Death explores the rights and wrongs of some of life’s biggest questions. Captured as beautiful and engaging short documentary portraits, these powerful and thought-provoking real-life stories present students with personal perspectives on important issues in religion, morality and ethics; based on major themes explored in Key Stage 4 Religious Studies and Ethics lessons.

The film was broadcast on BBC TWO in October 2014 and is available on Class Clips. Find out more in Our Films.

Executive Producer for BBC: Katy Jones
Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Director: … Read More »

BBC iWonder Guides Now Online

Posted on May 30th, by mosaicfilms in News. No Comments

A series of films produced by Mosaic for BBC iWonder, a new interactive Knowledge and Learning guide on, is now available to watch online.

The guides are:

Why do Buddhists meditate?
View the guide here.

When is Easter? Well, it depends…
View the guide here.

Prostitution: Is there anything wrong with selling sex?
View the guide here.

Sunnis and Shias: What’s the story?
View the guide here.

For more information on the individual guides, as well as BBC iWonder click here.


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