Terence Dobson – Norman McLaren Beyond 100

Norman McLaren was somewhat prescient when, as a young man, he said, “That’s it, that’s what I want to do, make movies […] That’s the art of the future” (McWilliams 1990). The question now is, how prescient can we be about the future of McLaren’s own films? A Guide to the Future A guide to […]

Nichola Dobson – Dancing to rhythm of the music: Norman McLaren, the body and performance

On Begone Dull Care: “Thus, the knife-point was made to slide and move on the surface of the film; my hand pressed, guided, and, as it were, made to ‘dance’ to the rhythm of the music.” (McLaren 1949, p.6) Scottish-Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren’s work is bound by the notion of performance; he described his own […]