1st Edition

Wharfie Animator
Harry Reade, The Sydney Waterfront, and the Cuban Revolution

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 17, 2020
ISBN 9780367639587
December 17, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
128 Pages

USD $27.95

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Book Description

This book examines the life of the Australian artist Harry Reade (1927-1998), and his largely overlooked contribution to animation. It constitutes a biography of Reade, tracing his life from his birth in 1927 through to his period of involvement with animation between 1956 and 1969. It explores the forces that shaped Reade and chronicles his experiences as a child, his early working life, the influence of left wing ideology on his creative development, his introduction to animation through the small but radical Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit (WWFFU), and the influence he had on the development of Cuban animation as an educational tool of the Revolution.

Key Features

  • The text offers an alternative framework for considering the political, social and cultural themes that characterized 1950s Australia and 1960s Cuba.
  • A rare look into cultural heritage of labor organizations and the populist power of animation to stimulate radical social consciousness.
  • The book also crosses a range of intellectual disciplines which include Animation Studies, Art History, Cinema Studies, and the social and political histories of Australia and Cuba.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Wobbly Road

Chapter 2 On the Waterfront

Chapter 3 Wharfie animation

Chapter 4 Our Man in Havana

Chapter 5 Harry Reade’s legacy now and into the future


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Max Bannah lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Between 1976 and

2010 he worked in Brisbane as an animator producing television

commercials, short films, and cartoon graphics. He also lectured in Animation

History and Practice, and Drawing for Animation at the Queensland University of

Technology where, in 2007, he completed his Masters by Research thesis, A cause for

animation: Harry Reade and the Cuban Revolution.