2015 - 6 mins

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To visit all the four hundred exhibition halls of the Hermitage in St Petersburg would require the curious to walk twenty kilometres; to give even a casual glance to all the exhibits would take nine years. But the history of such artefacts may be revealed another way; through the wonders of film technology they can be displayed at twenty four images a second, thereby allowing the triumphs of human endeavour to be seen even in far corners of the land, by the bedridden, the infirm and the lazy. You need not stir from your sofa to absorb the history of man-made objects from the Stone Age to the present day in ‘The Five Minute Museum’.

This is a romp through the museums of England and Switzerland in which the objects on display come to life and reveal the stories of their creation. It is a celebration of the chaotic diversity conjured by the human hand and mind, and the eccentricity of museum collections. It’s the history of man-made objects from prehistory to the present day.


(6 minutes, colour, 2015, digital stills – DCP)

Directed, Animated and Edited by Paul Bush
Sound and Music by Andy Cowton
Mixed by Thomas Gassmann
Camera by Paul Bush

Animation and digital post production:
Adrian Flury
Joder von Rotz
Nina Christen
Eloise Tomlinson
Justine Klaiber

Produced by Paul Bush, Gerd Gockell, Ted Sieger, Jochen Ehmann

Photographed at:
The British Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Geffrye Museum
Bernisches Historisches Museum
Historisches Museum Luzern
Uhrenmuseum Beyer
International Museum of Horology

Thanks to staff at:
The Geffrye Museum
Bernisches Historisches Museum
Historisches Museum Luzern

Special thanks to Jean First

A Schattenkabinett and Ancient Mariner Production, copyright 2015

Funded by The Arts Council of England, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft and Berner Filmförderung

Experimental Grand Prix – 2016 Roanne Short Film Festival
Maverick Award for Best Animation – 2015 Woodstock Film Festival
Best Sound Design – 2015 London International Animation Festival
Best Non-Narrative Animation – 2015 Animated Dreams, Estonia
Berner Filmpreis 2015
Best Experimental Film – 2015 Ottawa International Animation Festival
Best Gallery Film – 2015 Anima Mundi, Brazil