Mary and Max in Full Feature Animation

Academy Award–winning filmmaker Adam Elliot has produced his first full feature animated film, Mary and Max, the story of a 20-year pen-pal friendship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, and Max Horowitz, a 44-year-old Jewish man, who is severely obese, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, and lives an isolated life in New York City, USA. The film, which opened the Sundance Film Festival this year, will premiere in theatres on April 10.

Mary and Max


The story, narrated by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, introduces us to a twenty year correspondence between Mary (Bethany Whitmore and Toni Collette) and Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Eric Bana provides the voice for Damien. Molly Meldrum plays a homeless man. The film explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, trust, copulating dogs, sexual and religious differences, agoraphobia.

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Credits

Mary and Max was produced by director/screenwriter/production designer Adam Elliot, with director of photography Gerald Thompson, executive producers Mark Gooder, Paul Hardart, Tom Hardart, Bryce Menzies, Jonathan Page, producer Melanie Coombs, and editor Bill Murphy. Original music is by Dale Cornelius.

Adam Elliot won the Academy Award for best animated short film in 2004 with Harvie Krumpet. Other films by Elliot are Uncle, Cousin and Brother, have won the Australian Film Institute’s award for the best short animated film of the year.

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  • lynn Rose

    I love Mary and Max. I believe that one day I might meet Mary and I know Max existed as I cried when he died, so did my daughter and the audience in Newtown, Sydney. These characters are real to me. What a magnificent movie! Thank you Adam and the whole team.

  • Name

    This delightful film is currently play at the International Film Festival touring throughout New Zealand.

    I went last night and was enthralled -not only by the clay animation and the story-line, but the Aussie culture throughout – down to the Koala letterbox. It was brilliant.

    Tony