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Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman's Mirrormask to open on September 30

Jim Henson-produced fantasy tale blends live-action with digital animation

Destination Films, Jim Henson Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films are pleased to announce the release of the acclaimed fantasy tale MIRRORMASK, directed by famed illustrator/artist Dave McKean and written by award-winning comic book writer/novelist Neil Gaiman. Produced by the Jim Henson Company, MIRRORMASK blends live action with digital animation to create a dazzling phantasmagoric visual style all its own. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and stars acclaimed newcomer Stephanie Leonidas. MIRRORMASK opens on Friday, September 30, 2005.

MIRRORMASK tells the story of Helena (Leonidas), a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes – quite ironically – that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. On her quest to return home, Helena searches for the Mirrormask, an object of enormous power, which is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands.

A dark fantasy with elements of THE DARK CRYSTAL and LABYRINTH, MIRRORMASK is a groundbreaking new chapter in the celebrated careers of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman. Filled with imagination and unforgettable imagery, and fully realized with the help of CGI, MIRRORMASK is a visual and psychological menagerie of dreamscapes, nightmares and otherworldly creatures.

Born in 1963 in Maidenhead, England, Dave McKean is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture.

In 1986, McKean met writer Neil Gaiman and the pair collaborated on a short graphic novel of disturbing childhood memories, Violent Cases, which garnered instant critical acclaim. Since then, the pair has worked together on numerous award-winning comic books, graphic novels and children’s books.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in dozens of countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.