Roger Mainwood obituary

Film director and animator who brought Raymond Briggs’s stories to life on screen

The work of the author and illustrator Raymond Briggs reached television and cinema screens with its scratchy, slightly grubby exuberance and its tender soulfulness intact thanks in part to the director and animator Roger Mainwood, who has died aged 65 of cancer.

Although Mainwood made his directorial feature debut only in 2016, with a typically meticulous adaptation of Briggs’s 1998 autobiographical book Ethel & Ernest, which he also scripted, he had a hand in some of the earlier screen versions of the author’s work, including The Snowman (1982) and Father Christmas (1991); the opening sequence of the former, in which a little boy builds a snowman, was entirely his responsibility.
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