Synopsis: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse is a story of kindness, courage, and hope in traditional hand-drawn animation, following the unlikely friendship of the title characters as they journey together, in the boy’s search for home… Based on the book of the same name.
Directors’ Biographies: Charlie Mackesy began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator, before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, galleries, and public spaces around the world. His internationally bestselling book, THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE, was published in October 2019 and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction Chart across all formats as well as being the longest-running Sunday Times Non-Fiction Number One of all time. A number one New York Times best-seller, it is one of eight books since 2013 that has remained on the number one New York Times Bestseller and on the New York Times Advice, Misc. Best Seller list. Charlie’s beloved book is the first-ever book to be awarded both the Waterstones Book of the Year and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year (2019) and has been translated into over 40 different languages and dialects. Charlie’s words and illustrations have brought comfort to many and have been shared online around the world as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, magazine covers, street lamp posts, school classrooms, cafés, women’s safe houses, prisons, hospital wards and as NHS hospital computer screensavers. Charlie worked with Richard Curtis on the set of LOVE ACTUALLY to create a set of drawings to be auctioned for Comic Relief, and with Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, The Unity Series. Charlie’s paintings have been exhibited widely, most recently in Sotheby’s in London. His bronzes can be found in public spaces in London, including Highgate Cemetery and the Brompton Road. Away from art, Charlie co-runs Mama Buci, a honey social enterprise in Zambia that helps families of low and no income become beekeepers. He lives between Brixton and Suffolk with his dog Barney.
Peter Baynton is an award-winning director of animated films. He has been obsessed with drawing pictures that tell stories since he was a kid. After a brief foray into architecture, where he learned his buildings would be neither safe nor tasteful, he decided to learn the craft of character animation instead, studying at Central St Martin’s in London. His first film after graduating, OVER THE HILL, won The McLaren Award for Best British Animation, and he was selected by Screen International as a UK Star of Tomorrow. He has been directing animated shorts, music promos, and commercials for 14 years, and has picked up over 30 awards at film festivals around the world along the way, including an Annecy Crystal in 2013 and a couple of British Animation Awards. After years of making shorts and commercials, in 2015 he decided to follow his heart and pursue longer-form animation, working as a storyboard artist on the BAFTA-winning CBeebies show SARAH & DUCK, and then as 2D Animation Director for PADDINGTON 2. In 2019 he was Animation Director for C4’s Emmy award-winning THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA. In 2020 he started working on a film of Charlie Mackesy’s beloved book THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE with NoneMore Productions, and directing this film with Charlie has been the greatest privilege of his professional life. He is now in the early stages of directing a feature film for Lupus Films Ltd, to be released in 2024.