Directors of animated short film, “Aau’s Song” - Nadia Darries & Daniel Clarke
Nadia Romanos chats to Capetonians, Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke, who co-directed an animated short film, "Aau’s Song” - the final short film in the second season of the "Star Wars: Visions" anthology, now streaming on Disney+.
The Lucasfilm anthology celebrates Star Wars through the lens of some of the world’s top animation studios, including Aardman Animation, Cartoon Saloon, Studio LaCachette, Studio Mir and African animation pioneers Triggerfish, who produced "Aau’s Song”.
The film contains a number of South African-inspired touches, including the characters’ distinctive felt textures, which are inspired by Ndebele dolls. The film features the voices of two-time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo as Kratu and SAFTA winner Tumisho Masha.
"Aau’s Song" follows a girl who has a calling to sing but is raised by her loving, stern father to stay quiet because of the calamitous effect her voice has on the crystals in the nearby mines - the kyber that powers lightsabers.