Quarantine (dir. Astrid Goldsmith, UK 2018, 12:56)

Quarantine is a stop-motion short film, written, directed and animated by Astrid Goldsmith. It was commissioned by the BFI and BBC4 as part of their prestigious Animation 2018 talent scheme,┬ádesigned to find and support the UK’s most exciting emerging animators. UK viewers can watch it for free on BFI Player.

Quarantine is a post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy, about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers on the south coast of England, who are trying to avoid the animal quarantine compound which has been built above their burrow. As they try to keep their old folk traditions alive, they ignore the plight of the caged quarantine inmates. But when tragedy strikes, a young badger goes rogue, risking exile from the troupe as he forges a new forbidden friendship on the other side of the bars.

Made in just 21 weeks, Quarantine is a 13-minute puppet stop-motion film, built and filmed at Mock Duck Studios in Folkestone. It premiered at BFI Southbank, and was broadcast on BBC4 on Sunday 2nd December. It is now available to watch free on BFI Player. In 2020 it was the third most watched film on the free BFI Player, and won Best Animated Film at London Short Film Festival.


Best Animated Film – LSFF 2020

Audience Favourite – My Darling Quarantine SFF 2020

Official Selection:

Atlanta Film Festival, 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2019

Guanajuato International Film Festival, 2019

London Short Film Festival, 2020

New York International Children’s Film Festival, 2020

British Shorts, 2020

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival, 2019

Sitges Film Festival, 2019

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, 2019