Directed by

Osbert Parker

Country of Origin

United Kingdom



Timeline is an artist commissioned film loop created for The Migration Museum exhibition, Departures. The film uses experimental animation techniques to explore migration that triggered 400 years of emigration from Britain between 1620-2020 and beyond.

A single footprint rapidly escalates into patterns of human travel in the form of ‘abstract lines’ within the natural world to evoke meaning; suggesting epic voyages and connected narratives over long histories.

Evolving as unexpected pathways through time. Successive patterns of lines change form through the use of mixed media animation, investigating personal narratives behind life-changing events.

Using metaphors to emphasize fragility and human endeavour, the multi-layered result suggests a range of migration experiences through historic events across continents, that triggered 400 years of migration from Britain around the world.

Director Biography – Osbert Parker

Osbert Parker – Bio 2021

Three time BAFTA nominated director Osbert Parker, is perhaps best known for his signature style of using cut-out animation mixed with live action to create one-of-a-kind imaginary landscapes within short films. He recently directed a short film, entitled ‘Sir John Lubbock’s Pet Wasp’ (2018) with Laurie Hill based on Untold Stories commissioned by animate projects and Anim18. LIFE ON THE MOVE won the 2019 (AHRC) Arts and Humanities Research Council Best Social Media Award and nominated for the Inspiration Award. His latest film, TIMELINE is an artist film loop for the Migration Museum.

Parker is a freelance director who consistently works on a wide range of industry and personal art projects. His independent short animated films continue to receive great acclaim on the international film festival circuit. “FILM NOIR” was nominated for best short animated film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2006 and also was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “YOURS TRULY” best short animated film winner at the British Animation Awards was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 and selected for Sundance. Both films have been screened at the Telluride Film Festival.