We are pleased to announce the republication by Power Publications of The Illusion of Life: Essays on Animation, originally published by Power Publications and the Australian Film Commission in 1991 and edited by Alan Cholodenko, in eBook format.

The Illusion of Life is the world’s first book of scholarly essays theorising animation. It is based on an event of the same name, The Illusion of Life, the world’s first international conference on animation and Australia’s first large-scale international festival of animation, held in Sydney, Australia in July 1988. The book demonstrates the inescapable necessity for film studies to take account of animation in order to theorise film, and remains essential reading for film theorists and filmmakers, as well as animation theorists and animators.

Alan Cholodenko is Honorary Associate here in the Department of Art History. His most recent publications include ‘A Animação do Cinema’, a republication of ‘The Animation of Cinema’ in Galaxia, no. 34, January-April 2017, and the republication of ‘The Spectre in the Screen’ in Filozofski Vestnik, vol. 37, no. 2, 2016.

You can purchase your copy of The Illusion of Life eBook via our online shop here.

The eBook edition of The Illusion of Life was made possible with the support of The Nelson Meers Foundation.