Lost World

This article is from 2009.

Lost World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s swashbuckling adventure, Lost World is brought to life by The Paper Cinema. Using angle-poise lamps, black-and-white ink illustrations and laptops, a DIY-film takes shape before your eyes. ‘The Paper Cinema is an illustrated song, shadow show, puppet show, cinema show, magic show; and a tale all in one’ says Nicholas Rawling, who set up the Paper Cinema five years ago. The project was originally commissioned by UNESCO’s City of Literature trust, to promote literature around Edinburgh and beyond.

Doyle’s story magics up a South American expedition, where dinosaurs roam the jungle and ape-men capture courageous journalists mid-way through their mission. ‘The multi-instrumentalist, composer, modern day hat wearer and rock climber, Kieron Maguire then builds the soundtrack to our live animated film,’ explains Rawling. ‘He’ll be playing viola, flamenco guitar and other strung and plucked oddities.’

Charmingly lo-tech, with the mechanics of the marionette show going on right in front of you, it’s a mix of audience imagination, creepy cut-outs and sci-fi fun. The Paper Cinema’s tour has already stopped at the Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill festivals, and after Edinburgh, they’re packing up their quirky box of delights and heading to South Africa.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, 12–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 3.30pm, £7.50 (£5)

Lost World

A film is created before your very eyes as The Paper Cinema retell Conan Doyle's ripping yarn. Lovingly crafted live animation and original music transports you through Amazon jungles in search of prehistoric life. 'Fragile and beautiful' - ****(Guardian).

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