Intimate Animation: Signe Baumane (‘My Love Affair With Marriage’)


Today sees the return of the Skwigly podcast series Intimate Animation, in which we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animation that deals with adult themes of love, relationships and sexuality – for a second season.

In our first episode of 2017 we give a long overdue welcome to New York-based Latvian animation director Signe Baumane (with producer Sturgis Warner) whose long-established gift for animation that takes on notably adult social themes spanning love, sex and xanax for mental health includes the shorts Teat Beat of Sex and the acclaimed independent feature Rocks In My Pockets.

Signe’s latest project is My Love Affair With Marriage is presently seeking funds through crowdfunding and will tell the story of young Zelma’s developing understanding of her place in society as a woman by mimicking other girls she perceives to be perfect themselves, unaware of the damage this will cause to her relationships later in life. Along the way she is accompanied by four singing Mythology Sirens – who put pressure on her to conform to society’s expectations – Biology, a character who ‘kindles the chemical processes in Zelma’s brain’.

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Presented by Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley
Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

About the Author

Ben Mitchell is a Bristol-based animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and graphic novelist. As a freelancer he has produced animation work for CBeebies, Channel 4, Plymptoons, Somethin'...


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