Pollyanna Films 


Cath Murphy

Pollyanna Films Founder & Director, Cath Murphy at home with much-loved pets


Pollyanna Films is an independent animation production house dedicated to creating positive social change offering animation training to women disadvantaged by unemployment. Founder and director Cath Murphy has a rich history in animation spanning more than 20 years and has won numerous awards in film for: Animation; Writing; Directing; Producing and Visual Effects.  Her short films have been bought by local and international broadcasters such as the ABC, Canal+ France, and Sogecable in Spain.

As a registered nurse with extensive experience in mental health Cath’s approach to Animation is about social inclusion and the impact it can have on working and emotional life, both for the trainees on her projects and the finished works. Cath studied animation at VCA Film School in 1998 and her student film won the AAV award for Best Overall script from a Graduating student and the Erwin Rado Award for Special Achievement in film for her student animation Like Drowning which won numerous awards at international film festivals. 

In 2009 Cath initiated the Rural Animation Project offering incidental learning and engagement through digital animation using diagram-based graphics programs that require minimal digital or literacy skills. The animations created by marginalised youth on the project won Best Middle School Animation in 2012 and were nominated for Best Primary Animation and Best Short Documentary in 2013 at the Australian Teachers of Media Awards.

Pollyanna Films is currently working on a series of six short animated documentaries about socially sanctioned abuse called Socially Sanctioned. The first short White Goods is currently doing a tour of the international film festival circuit. White Goods screened in Best of Docs at Flickerfest, was nominated for Best Animation, and placed fourth at St Kilda Film Festival 2021, and won Best Animation at the 7thArt International Film Festival in Kerala, India.

Pollyanna Films is very proud that the Socially Sanctioned project has been selected to be endorsed by the Documentary Foundation of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation with DGR 1 status which supports documentary projects of social interest, to facilitate 100% tax deduction on funds donated to the series.  For donations and more information please visit https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/socially-sanctioned.