JAMES THE RAT KING is an immersive multimedia experience narrating the story of the Bubonic Plague in Brisbane between 1900 and 1907. This epidemic caused widespread fear, panic and hasty health responses. JAMES THE RAT KING presents an overview, in a fairy-tale setting, of this much-feared disease. It offers a scientific and historical perspective and comparison to our current circumstances of living through a pandemic.
View snippets of the animated film and learn more about our plague history by scanning the QR codes spread along the “The Rat Route” from the Maritime Museum to the State Library of Queensland.
Dr Zeynep Akcay is an animated filmmaker and scholar focusing on narrative strategies of animation in different environments. She currently teaches animation at Griffith Film School. Akcay’s animations have been screened internationally in Australia, the United State, Asia, Europe and in her native Turkey. She is also the animator and producer in “Anytown – Garage Sale Monsters”, an independent game project that has been awarded by Screen Queensland Game Development Grant in 2019.
Dr Nicola Hooper is an artist/illustrator whose studio works incorporate drawing and lithography. She has researched and created work under the title of ‘Zoonoses’ for a number of years. Her work has been exhibited extensively and she has been the recipient of several awards. She is passionate about researching and retelling Queensland stories. Her most recent project involved illustrating a children’s book through the State Library of Queensland ‘Stories for Little Queenslanders’ project.