The Library of Burned Books

A retro sci-fi dystopia about the indomitable spirit of stories.

Available Formats
Exhibition Format Frame Rate Ratio TRT
QT ProRes 4:2:2 file @ 2k 25fps 1:1.85 00:08:57
Blu-ray disc @ 1080p 25fps 1:185 00:08:57
DVD 25fps 1:185 00:08:57

Shortlisted for the Student Academy Awards 2013

I produced this film in 2011 and 2012. It was written and directed by Alasdair Beckett-King, and is an eye-catching dystopian fantasy that blends live action and animation. We ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the funds needed to produce the film. In May 2013 this film was shortlisted for a Student Academy Award in the Foreign section.

On a chill October evening the Fire Wardens come to the school. The furnace has been stoked and the books have been sorted. The teachers are exhausted from watching over excited pupils, kept late so they can participate in the burning.

A girl named Alexandria is caught reading one of the banned books – an illustrated copy of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. This is intolerable behaviour, especially on the eve of such an important ceremony! Alexandria and the book are dragged to the Headmaster.

The girl must be punished, the book condemned.

The fire-lit ritual begins and tensions run high in the school. The Headmaster’s betrayals will reveal the brutality of the adult world to Alexandria. But he may find the courage to keep her belief in the magic of stories alive.

Alasdair Beckett-King
Indiegogo fundraising campaign

Live Action: Red MX camera @ 4k resolution
Stop-motion Animation: Canon 5D