It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise review

Hot Docs 2015 Review: It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

Hilary Knight is an artist, best known for providing the illustrations for the “Eloise” series of children’s book written by Kay Thompson. Hilary is visited by actress Lena Dunham, who is one of the many hardcore “Eloise” fans. Hilary proceeds to tell the history of his career, as well as his tumultuous relationship with Kay Thompson over the ownership of the Eloise character.

At just over a half hour in length, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise is a relatively brief biography of illustrator Hilary Knight. While Hilary’s other works are brought up, the core focus of this documentary is his most famous work on the “Eloise” books. The series’ creator Kay Thompson was highly protective of the property and the two would eventually have a falling out. As Lena Dunham says at one point, Kay and Hilary were like a couple fighting over custody of their “child” Eloise.

The film also delves into Hilary Knight’s hobby of shooting movies on his camcorder. In fact, the film shows him shooting a story idea he had, involving a frog and a pond nymph. Hilary Knight has never stopped working and has illustrated countless books. However, he is still best known for drawing the six year old girl who lives at the plaza.

Is It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise essential festival viewing?

While quite breif, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise is still a decent biography of Hilary Knight.

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Sean Kelly

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants). Sean has been writing his blog Sean Kelly on Movies since 2004 and has also contributed his writing for MONDOmagazine and thesubstream.

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