FROZEN creator to visit the University of Newcastle

Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning animator, screenwriter and director of Frozen will make an exclusive appearance at the University of Newcastle at the end of April to share the secrets of innovative creativity.

UON Director of Creative Innovation, Jeff Julian says that Buck’s visit is another major step in restructuring the entire creative industry locally. Newcastle is redefining itself: moving from a coal and industrial city to a university and cultural hub.

About Chris Buck

Watching Disney’s Pinocchio as a child, Buck was inspired to explore animation. In 1978, Buck joined Disney as a character animator. Working on classics such as Tarzan and Pocahontas, Buck’s work stretched from animator, to screenwriter to director.

In 2008 Buck returned to Disney after a stint at Sony, and as part of his pitch, Buck suggested an animated musical feature based on “The Snow Queen”—and thus Frozen was born.

Chris Buck will be speaking at an innovative session at University of Newcastle in late April, inspiring our students, staff and the community. As this event is exclusive to university’s Newcastle campus, they will be live-streaming the event to ensure the broadest possible audience for the talk.

With the news that Frozen 2 is set for release in 2018, Buck’s Newcastle talk will be hotly anticipated.

The Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle is newly constituted in 2002 and brings together a broad range of academic expertise, comprising Aboriginal studies, music and drama, education, fine art, humanities, language and media, liberal arts and social sciences.

University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts

The University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in the creative and performing arts, music and fine art. The School has more than 1300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in creative and performing arts.

Staff in the school have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers—and sometimes a combination of the three.


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