b. March 23, 1951, Ipswich, QLD,
After graduating from Queensland University
in 1970, Dennis Tupicoff worked as an archivist and teacher before
making his first animated film in Toowoomba. He moved to Melbourne
and the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977.
While sometimes making a living with TV ads and other commercial
and sponsored work, and later teaching at the VCA School of Television
(1992-4), he has made both animated and live-action independent
films as writer, director, producer, and animator.
Animation has often been called "the
illusion of life". And in live-action cinema there has always
been a tension between "the reality of death" and "screen
These ideas, played out in the world of human
experience and emotion, continue to exert a strong influence on
the work of Dennis Tupicoff.
Whether in his autobiographical The
Darra Dogs (1993, 10 mins), the binocular "animated documentary"
His Mother's Voice (1997, 14 mins 30 secs), the cartoon
violence of Dance of Death (1983, 7 mins), or his more
recent television work, death is never far away.
Don't Bury Me
(1976, 4 mins, 16mm)
Chance (1977, 1 min 30 secs, 16mm)
of Death (1983, 7 mins 30 secs, 16mm)
(1990, 30 mins, 16mm)
Dogs (1993, 10 mins, 35mm)
Voice (1997, 14 mins 30 secs, 35mm)
a photo of me
The Humidity (1999, 4 mins, 16mm)
Dark (2001, 6 mins, 35mm)
(2002, 26 mins, Betacam)
(2007, 25 mins, 35mm)
Silly and Serious: William Robinson and Self-portraits (2008, 25 mins, Betacam)
The First Interview (2011, 15 mins & 27 mins, Betacam)