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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Screening @ ACMI

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey is the acclaimed 2011 documentary profiling the life of award winning puppeteer Kevin Clash - the man behind everyone's favourite furry red monster - Elmo.

Directed by Constance Marks and Philip Shane, and narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey looks at just how Clash made Elmo the phenomenon that it is today.

Clash would come to work at Sesame Street in 1984, having preciously worked on the children's television shows Captain Kangaroo and The Great Space Coaster. The furry red monster was already part of the Sesame Street world before Clash became a Sesame Street puppeteer, but it was a secondary character to the then more popular Sesame Street Muppets Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover. However Clash brought Elmo to life with that unmistakeable voice.

The three and a half year old, who unusually spoke in the third person, would become popular with kids and adults alike, and had his own segment titled 'Elmo's World' on Sesame Street for just over ten years (1998-2009). Elmo would also headline the feature length films Elmo Saves Christmas and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Elmo even has the tag of the first ever puppet to testify before the U.S. Congress!

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey features interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill and Bill Barretta. It is an inspiring documentary, celebrating not only Clash, but also the work and life of the late Jim Henson.

Clash also released a popular autobiography in 2006 titled 'My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud'.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey is screening at ACMI Cinemas for a limited season from Tuesday 27th of December, 2011 until Sunday 8th of January, 2012. To see the session times, please click here.

You can purchase tickets for the screenings on the ACMI website or at the ACMI box-office.

Ticket prices are as follows;

Full $15,
Concession $12
ACMI Member $11
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Why? See the man behind Elmo
When: Limited season - See website for details
Where: ACMI Cinemas
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