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Jez Stewart

Jez Stewart is a curator at the BFI National Archive, responsible for the animation collection. His blogs explore the rich seam of British animation history, from the 1900s to the present. He is currently working on the accession of two large historical collections, from Halas & Batchelor and Bob Godfrey Films, but is also actively seeking contemporary production for preservation.

Jez has worked at the BFI since 2001 as part of the non-fiction team, and has done extensive research into the BFI’s holdings of cinema and television advertising. His interest in animation overlaps with his passion for comics and illustration, but he personally struggles with anything more than stick figures.

Articles by Jez Stewart

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  • The best British TV of 2019

    At the end of a bumper year across streaming and broadcast channels, BFI curators select their favourite new British TV of the past 12 months.

    Friday, December 6, 2019


  • Aisle remember you: the 90s video store

    With a new installation at BFI Southbank celebrating the 90s video store, we asked our writers to share some nostalgic memories of their choice picks from hours spent in the aisles.

    Monday, July 29, 2019


  • 30 essential books about animation

    BFI curator and animation fan Jez Stewart shares his personal reading list of 30 recommended books on the art and craft of animation.

    Friday, May 4, 2018


  • Animated Britain: eight to try

    Dive in the history of British animation with these hand-picked highlights from our massive BFI Player collection.

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018


  • The ugliest animation at Encounters 2017

    From ‘vandalised celluloid’ to a top-prize-winner co-credited to its own misdirected software, Bristol’s state-of-the-art showcase found British and international animation bulging with ideas, beauty… and its antithesis, reports Jez Stewart.

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018


  • Telling a new history of British animation

    BFI curator Jez Stewart champions a programme of animated treasures that shines fresh light on the tradition of cartoon filmmaking in the UK.

    Friday, September 15, 2017


  • The best indie animation of 2016

    It was a year rich in features – but even more so in short-form films, if only you could see them. Chris Robinson, Alex Dudok de Wit and Jez Stewart uncover the gems crying out for a place on the bill at your local cinema.

    Friday, January 6, 2017

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  • Chris Shepherd: “You give the audience a nostalgia massage… and then it turns”

    The “bit warped” filmmaker talk to Jez Stewart about the changing state of animation, Scouse humour and why he has made a sequel to the unforgettable Dad’s Dead.

    Friday, November 11, 2016


  • The films that built Out of the Rubble

    A guide to the archive films that feature in Penny Woolcock’s new documentary Out of the Rubble, which premiered on Film4 and is available online on BFI Player.

    Monday, February 8, 2016


  • The best indie animation of 2015

    Beyond the likes of Inside Out and Song of the Sea, innovation in animation continued to take place at the shorts end of the scale. Our three critics round up their international highlights of the year.

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Annual round-ups

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