It’s Saturday the 19th of January 2001 and a 52 year old man is about to meet his sister, Dawn, for the first time in his life. If this man had any doubts about what he’s doing then they quickly evaporate, because from the moment he lands eyes on Dawn the man thinks to himself that she is the carbon likeness of his father, Jack. Without a doubt the family resemblance is undeniable.
That man is my father, Bill...
However somewhere, out there Bill and Dawn have a brother. A missing brother. His name is John. A boy who contracted polio in the 1930’s and disappeared into the state system that was tasked to care for “crippled children”. What became of him? No one knew… And for decades John remained the phantom in the family. In a very real way he’d fallen off the grid, but would it be for good? As the years have rolled by it’s more certain that John had most likely passead away, but what sort of life did he lead?
Whatever Happened to John?
Tasmania born Designer and Animator Jamie Clennett completed a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Tasmanian (UTAS) in 1999, and a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (in Design) from National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2002. Between the years of 2002 and 2006 Jamie was active working as a production designer, working across theatre and film for organisations such as Downstairs Belvoir, Hit Productions, and Noise and Light. In 2004 Jamie completed a Graduate Diploma in Animation and Interactive Media (AIM) at RMIT, where he produced a short animation entitled The Fabulous Adventure Of Mr. Money. Mr. Money that was invited to screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and then spent the rest of 2005 running the festival circuit appearing in over 20 territories. In 2008 Jamie created the animated content used in Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical for London's West End and New York's Broadway.