Helena, a 15-year-old girl in a family of circus entertainers, often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother’s major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. All is not well in this new world – the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it’s up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she’s in a dream, or something far more sinister. —IMDb
David McKean (born 29 December 1963 in Maidenhead, Berkshire) is an English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician.
His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture.
McKean’s most recent projects are directing an original feature called Luna, and a book with the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.
MirrorMask, McKean’s first feature film as director, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005. The screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman, from a story by Gaiman and McKean. A children’s fantasy which combines live action and digital animation, MirrorMask was produced by Jim Henson Studios and stars Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, and Gina McKee. Before MirrorMask, McKean directed a number of television intros and music videos as well as several short films, such as The Week Before (1998) and N[eon] (2002), which are included… read more
Rewatched on a bigger screen than I've seen it on before, and the experience is much different. Even entire cuts and transitions are revealed so the story flows smoother when you can see more of the detail in the frame. This is a big screen experience unfortunately regulated in most people's histories to DVD discoveries. --PolarisDiB