Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Yoram Gross, RIP

A pioneer of Australian animation passes.

The filmmaker behind 'Blinky Bill' was on Oskar Schindler's famous list as his family tried to escape the Nazis.

Yoram Gross, the Polish-born pioneer of animated films in Australia, passed away in Sydney on Monday, reportedly of natural causes. He was 88.

Through the Yoram Gross Film Studios, the animation business he ran in Sydney alongside his wife, Sandra, Gross made 16 animated features and 12 TV series, bringing to life characters such as Dot and the Kangaroo and the lovable Koala, Blinky Bill. The latest iteration of Blinky Bill, a new CGI feature made by Flying Bark Productions, was released in Australia just last week. ...

To emigrate to a new country and continent in your forties takes fortitude.
But considering the kind of childhood Mr. Gross endured, moving from Israel to Australia in middle age must have seemed like a stroll in the park.


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