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Sticky  is a short animated documentary telling the astonishing true story of the stick insects from Lord Howe island. Why these particular insects? Because their story is quite simply amazing. They evolved in the rainforests on Lord Howe, a tiny speck in the sea between Australia and New Zealand, and existed nowhere else. They were strikingly different to other stick insects - robust, fast, jet black and huge - islanders used to call them tree lobsters. In 1918 rats were accidentally introduced to the island and quickly munched their way through the entire stick insect population. Within a few years the insects were extinct. Or were they? There were some tantalising clues to suggest that they may, against all the odds, have colonised the most remote, inhospitable place you can imagine. . . Ball's Pyramid is the tallest sea stack in the world, as high as a skyscraper, as thin as a blade, rising almost vertically from the sea 25km off Lord Howe Island. It looks exactly like a super-villain's secret island. Seepage from rainwater supports just one patch of bushes on Ball's Pyramid, and here in 2001 a team of scientists found a tiny population of LHI stick insects, the last of their kind. Nobody knows how they got there. Sticky tells a wonderfully positive Australian conservation success story, celebrating the persistence of life, the adventure and passion embedded in science, and the little creatures underfoot.

After brief careers as a croupier, archaeological scientist and printing press assistant, Jilli learned how to animate and has been gleefully making things move ever since. You can find her work gleaming brightly in many of the world's larger natural history museums, tucked into the corners of broadcast television, screening at national and international film festivals and flickering live anywhere that offers an extension cord and a projector. Her ambition is to learn to tell her stories so well that people smile even on days when they think they have no smile in them.


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Studying a Bachelor of Science (Hons) just wasn’t enough for Katrina, she went on to acquire a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) so she could learn how to successfully teach primary aged kids about the awesomeness of the natural world. Prior to her latest academic venture Katrina worked as a Publications Officer at the University of Tasmania and Environmental Project Officer at a boutique firm in Bendigo, Victoria. Her hope is to promote wonder and amazement in young people and make sure they have a deep interest in the world around them.

Inside Film March 2014: Long legs for Aussie animated short

WIRED February 2014: "New Animated Film WIll Break Your Heart"

Popcorn and Vodka February 2014

WIRED January 2013: "'Sticky' animation celebrates rediscovery of giant stick insects" 

CartoonBrew October 2012: "Sticky" trailer by Jilli Rose

Cinequest, San Jose, March 2014

Tricky Women Animation Festival, Vienna, March 2014

SXSW Films For The Forest, Austin, March 2014

ANIMFEST, Athens, March 2014

Athens International Film & Video Festival, Athens, April 2014

International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, April 2014

Future Film Festival, Bologna, April 2014

DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, May 2014

Australian International Animation Festival, Wagga Wagga, May 2014

San Francisco Green Film Festival, San Francisco, May 2014

St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne, May 2014, & Regional Tour, July 2014

Green Film Festival in Seoul, May 2014, & Korean Tour, 2014

Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton, May 2014

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker, Sofia, May 2014

Mountainfilm, Telluride, May 2014, & World Tour, 2014 - 2015

Brooklyn Film Festival, New York, May 2014

Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, June 2014

Pineapple Underground Film Festival, Hong Kong, June 2014

Strange Beauty Film Festival, Durham, June 2014

Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, Big Sur, July 2014

Free Range Film Festival, Wrenshall, July 2014

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver, August 2014

Animal Film Festival in Suncheon, Suncheon, August 2014

Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, August 2014

File Anima+, Sao Paolo, August - September 2014

Port Townsend Film Festival, Port Townsend, September 2014

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne, Melbourne, September 2014

Canberra Short Film Festival, Canberra, September 2014

Catalina Film Festival, Catalina Island, September 2014

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, September 2014

Kinofest, Bucharest, September 2014

Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Lihula, September 2014

Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur, October 2014

American Conservation Film Festival, Shepherdstown, October 2014

Oaxaca Film Festival, Oaxaca de Juarez, October 2014

Antenna Documentary Festival, Sydney, October 2014

Bend Film Festival, Oregon, October 2014

Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, October 2014

IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, November 2014

Napa Valley Film Festival, Napa, Yountville, St Helena, Calistoga, November 2014

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November 2014

Hawaii International Film Festival, Oahu, Big Island & Kauai, November 2014

FICMA, Barcelona, November 2014

Klik! Animation Festival, Amsterdam, November 2014

Cucalorus Film Festival, November 2014

Sandfly Film Festival, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Jervis Bay & World Tour, November 2014

Red Rock Film Festival, Cedar City, November 2014

Butter Elbow Animation Festival, Chicago, November 2014

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, January 2015

Belmont World Film Festival, Belmont, January 2015

New York Wild Film Festival, New York City, January 2015

Frozen River Film Festival, Winona, Minnesota, February 2015

Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois, February 2015

POW Fest, Portland, Oregon, March 2015

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, March 2015

AFO International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Olomouc, April 2015

Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Festival, Canberra, August 2015

Borneo Eco Film Festival, October 2015

G2 Green Earth Film Festival, Los Angeles, October 2015

SXSW Eco, Austin, October 2015

Rights of Nature Film Festival, Boulder, November 2015

SXSW Films for the Forest 2014: WINNER: Films Under 40 Minutes

St Kilda Film Festival 2014: WINNER: Best Documentary, NOMINATED: Best Film

San Francisco Green Film Festival 2014: WINNER: Best Short Film

Canberra Short Film Festival 2014: WINNER: Best Documentary

Antenna Documentary Festival 2014: HONOURABLE MENTION: Best  Australian Short Film

Academia Film Olomouc 2015: SPECIAL MENTION of the Short Film Competition Jury

ATOM Awards 2014: NOMINATED: Best Short Documentary

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 2014: NOMINATED: Eric Moe Sustainablity Award

Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series 2014: FINALIST

Adapted for permanent display, Melbourne Zoo, Australia

Selected for permanent display,
CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra, Australia

Director: Jilli Rose
Producers: Katrina Mazurek and Jilli Rose
Sound design and music: Billy Tankard, Billiard Productions
Cello: Kristin Rule, performing "Clarity" from the album "The Knife That Cuts A Tear"
Narration: Nicholas Carlile

Patrick Honan. . . Himself
Rohan Cleave. . . Himself
Jo Middleton. . . Henry Lidgbird Ball
Nemo Fields. . . Midshipman / Settler
Bonnie Jephcott. . . Sailor
Tamsin Whaley. . . Settler
Toby Channing. . . Settler
Gryphon Whaley Channing. . . Settler
Tycho Whaley Channing. . . Settler
Tim Adam. . . David Priddel / Dean Hiscox
Karen Micallef. . . Margaret Humphrey
Darren Rose. . . Nicholas Carlile

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