Bought the DVD in December, and (re)watched all of the films.
I must say my opinion has changed a bit. I found the best film to be his masterful 1-minute short Human Behavioural Case Studies from 1996.
After that Uncle and Cousin were also great, with Brother following close behind. But I had the feeling that his films got a bit less personal as he went along, with Cousin holding most of the truth.
When i attended a screening of the trilogy along with harvie Krumpet at the International Animation Festival in Stuttgart last month, Elliot was present during the screening, and he and his producer were willing to answer many questions. He told quite a lot about his life and his films, and while it was great news to hear that he is working on a feature-length project for some time already, I was disappointed when i saw Harvie Crumpet
To me most of the magic was gone in a rather commercial undertaking that had tremendous problems with timing, as well as not much to say. I felt that Elliot wasn't being very honest, as I couldn't feel that he really connected with most of what he depicted. Worse, i even got the impression that he didn't know what he was trying to say or what exactly he was talking about in some scenes. The film was more "comic" than tragic, an evolution which can be traced from his first film onwards, and of which i disaprove. The voice-over also doesn't work to the films advantage, as it is never as imaginative as the images, though the images clearly emerged from it. His comments only confirmed my doubts, and I must say that his producer (nice as she may be) is probably the main responsible person for the shift of tone (and work ethics). I hope his new big project, for which they still need a lot of money won't be a compromise again.
The Producer stated that she was asking Elliot if he reall wanted to make these small b&w films for the rest of his life, and convinced him to go bigger. Imo a bad decision.
I could go on writing really a lot, but as it is already late at night, I'll finish, so to not get more disappointed with the machinery of film-business.
I just wish he returns to his very roots, and also claims back his full name. Hopefully someday I'll witness the ressurection of Adam Benjamin Elliot.