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Academy Award winning animator Bruce Petty takes a satirical look at the 'contraptions' that shape our lives. Education, sex, finance, globalism, art, media, medicine, law, government and even the brain are transformed by Petty into evolving machines. Beginning with a simple concept, he takes us on an anarchic journey through history as each apparatus builds to its complex contemporary form. In the wry, ironic style that is his hallmark, Petty reveals these to be contraptions of a very human kind - imperfect, sometimes unpredictable and always subject to change. A witty, provocative and entertaining series narrated by Andrew Denton.

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Bruce Petty
Bruce Petty
Deborah Szapiro
Executive Producers
Anna Grieve  Stefan Moore


Andrew Denton (narrator) - Lee Perry - Sally Patience - Lucie Blinco

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Melbourne Animation Posse
  • Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films
  • Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
  • "Cartoons on the Bay" International Festival of Television Animation
  • Bilbao International Festival of Documentary & Short Films
  • Australasian Performing Right Association Limited