Animated Documentary has won the 2015 McLaren-Lambart Award for Best Book on Animation Published 2013-14 by the Society for Animation Studies. It’s such an honour to be recognised by this association, which has been a great source of support and inspiration for this book from its very earliest days as my PhD research.
Here’s what the award committee said about the book:
Animated Documentary is a vital addition to both animation scholarship and film studies scholarship more broadly, expertly achieving the tricky challenge of synthesising these two scholarly traditions to provide a compelling and brilliantly coherent account of the animated documentary form. At the heart of Honess Roe’s book is the conviction that animated documentary “has the capacity to represent temporally, geographically, and psychologically distal aspects of life beyond the reach of live action” (p. 22). As a representational strategy, Honess Roe details how animated documentary can be seen to adopt techniques of “mimetic substitution, non-mimetic substitution and evocation” in response to the limitations of live action material (p. 26). Animated Documentary will without doubt become an essential resource for many years to come for anyone interested in the intersection of animation and documentary.