Roger Mainwood

With Alan Bennett and Raymond Briggs
With Alan Bennett (left) and Raymond Briggs (right)

Art school education was at the London College of Printing (now the London College of Communication) and the Film and TV department of the Royal College of Art.

I started work in the animation industry at Halas and Batchelor studios in 1979. My first professional short was a music video to Kraftwerk’s Autobahn.

I worked for Richard Williams Animation, and then for John Coates and his TVC studio. I was privileged to animate on most of the studio’s classic animations, starting with Raymond Briggs’ BAFTA winning The Snowman, and going onto When the Wind Blows, Father Christmas, Granpa and Oi Get Off Our Train. The two latter films were adaptations of books by John Burningham.

I was animation director for TVC on Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester, and the feature length TV specials Wind in the Willows, and Willows in Winter. I then directed my first half hour special for TVC. This was The Tale of Two Bad Mice and Johnny Town Mouse, another in the Beatrix Potter series broadcast on the BBC. It featured the voice talents of Hugh Laurie, Alan Bennett, Felicity Kendal, and Rik Mayall.

Other directing jobs have included episodes of the adult animation series Stressed Eric for BBC2 , and Mill Times (2000) for the PBS network in the US.

From 2003 to 2004 I was series director on Meg and Mog (52×5 minute pre-school for CITV). From 2005 to 2009 I was animation director on the pre-school show Little Princess, for Channel FIVE. Meg and Mog and Little Princess were nominated for Children’s BAFTAs.

I have also animated and directed numerous TV adverts, including the Kit Kat ad featuring Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas character.

Nov 2011 – Aug 2012 – ‘The Snowman and the Snow Dog’ at Lupus Films, as animator, storyboard and layout artist.

Sep 2012 – 2014 – storyboarding on HIT/Nelvana’s 3D pre-school show Mike the Knight.

2014 – 2016 – Directed feature film ‘Ethel and Ernest’ based on Raymond Briggs’ book about his parents.
The film features the voice talents of Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, and Luke Treadaway in the lead roles. Produced by Lupus Films it has a 2016 cinema release date.