Toby Philpott is an English puppeteer best known for his work in motion picture animatronics during the 1980s in such films as The Dark Crystal and Return of the Jedi. He began his film career after Jim Henson personally selected Philpott to work on the 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal, in which he worked side-by-side with Henson. The next year, Philpott was approached to serve as one of the puppeteers controlling Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Philpott controlled the left arm, head, tongue and body of the giant Hutt puppet. Philpott would lend his puppetry skills to other such movies as The Company of Wolves (1984), Labyrinth (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
We have the special pleasure of having a second member of team Jabba come to OXCON! John Coppinger was the sculptor of Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. He also played Graxol Kelvyyn in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and Wookiee Senator Yarua in the same movie. John has also worked on Harry Potter, the Fifth Element, the Dark Crystal and Return to Oz. John will be bringing the cast of Jabba's face, pictured above, and will be giving a talk entitled 'The Art of inspiring Science' based on the Royal Institute Christmas lectures he gave with his partner Nicole Klein!
Terry English is one of the worlds leading armourers, working for Film, Television, and the entertainment industry and producing works for both private collections and museums across the world. He has been creating armour for over 50 years and has worked on many classic film productions including Excalibur, Aliens, Batman and Robin, Gladiator, Harry Potter, Highlander, Dr. Zhivago and Jabberwocky to name but a few. For twenty years, he was the only armourer left in the world and he is also the Queen's official armourer!
We are pleased to announce that Chris Achilleos will be attending Oxcon! Chris is a Greek Cypriot born British illustrator, painter and movie conceptual artist. Over the past 40 years, he has created some of the best loved fantasy and glamour art and is acknowledged as one of the top fantasy artists in the world. His work includes pieces that feature Dr. Who and Conan the Barbarian among many others.
The lovely Virginia Hey will be coming back to OXCON! Award-nominated Virginia played the Warrior Woman in Mad Max 2, the blue priestess Zhaan in Farscape, Leigh Templar in Prisoner (Cell Block H) and the Bond girl “Rubivich” in The Living Daylights.