On a Full Moon is a beautiful animation film which describes the internal journey of a woman who experiences her mother’s death and the birth of her first baby. Based on the artist’s own experience, this film vividly shows life changes beautifully and passionately with pastel and pencils. Both mothers and daughters can sympathize deeply with the experiences depicted in the film. Laura is too busy performing her domestic duties as a mother to properly mourn her own mother’s death. Meeting Jane, an old girlfriend of her brother’s, makes Laura remember her youth. With these memories come those of her mother, and she feels sad and empty. But with the help of her young daughter’s love, she overcomes her grief. The director shows her mother’s life and time passing through the images of a flowing river and a small ship. The full moon becomes a metaphor for her changed life as a mother. With the help of these symbols, the film delivers a powerful message of women’s wisdom and beauty. (Kim Hyun-Sook)
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Lee Whitmore is an artist who has worked in various fields of visual arts in Sydney for over 30 years. For the past 10 years, she has concentrated on short animation films based on her own life. With her first film, Ned Wethered, she became famous all over the world. She now teaches freehand drawing at Sydney University of Technology School of Design.