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The Itch of the Golden Nit

publication date: Jul 1, 2011
author/source: Anne Coates
The Itch of the Golden Nit

Image © Tate Movie Project

The Tate Movie Project's amazing animation The Itch of the Golden Nit is the first of its kind – a film made by and for children. Thousands of children across the UK shared their drawings and ideas to create – with  Aardman Animations, makers of Wallace and Gromit, an amazing tale that has you cheering at the end!

The boring life of "loser" Beanie is changed forever when Evil Stella and her number two, Fireboy, show up in his back garden one day after school. They shrink then kidnap Beanie's parents while his sister Beryl remains behind, doll-sized but no less mouthy than she was  and it's up to Beanie to save Mum and Dad and the universe.

This charming short film, written by Dave Ingham, will have your kids (and you) willing Beanie to realise is potential . It's fun, ridiculous and inspiring. Plus it's voiced by, among others, David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Miranda Hart, Rik Mayall, and Miriam Margolyes.

The Itch of the Golden Nit is showing on BBC2 at 9am on Saturday 2 July. Watch the "making of" programme afterwards which is just as entertaining. The fiilm will also be screened at regional galleries throughout the summer. at Camp Bestival in July and at Vue cinemas nationwide over August Bank Holiday.

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The DVD and the book versions are available from Tate Publishing – www.tate.org.uk/shop

The Itch of the Golden Nit is a collaboration between Tate, Aardman Animations and the BBC and is part of the Cultural Olympiad supported by Legacy Trust UK and BP.