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My Dog Tulip

1 Dec - 7.00pm (Wed) / 8 Dec - 7.00pm (Wed)


Dir: Paul Fierlinger

USA | 2009 | 83min | 35mm | M18




Based on the novel by British writer J.R. Ackerley and featuring the voice talents of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet account of one man’s 16-year love affair with his adopted Alsatian.


A distinguished man of letters, Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover until he came to adopt Tulip, well into middle age. Tulip, the beautiful 18-month-old German shepherd with an intolerable temperament, turned out to be the unlikely love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for years. In vivid and startling detail, the film presents Tulip’s sassy, often erratic behavior (and very canine tastes), alongside Ackerley’s fumbling determination to provide an existence of perfect happiness for her.


A profound and subtle mediation on the complexities that belie all relationships, My Dog Tulip is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand-drawn and painted using paperless computer technology.


My Dog Tulip premiered at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in the summer of 2009, and was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Animated Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in the same year. The film also features the final film appearance of Lynn Redgrave, before her death on 2 May, 2010.


“Transform[s] the seemingly banal relationship between pet and owner into something singular, inimitable, sacred.” – Village Voice