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Fairytales and Fables at GOMA

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Because everyone loves a good story
Discover whimsical fantasy lands, enchanting stories of triumph and gritty tales of folklore at the Gallery of Modern Art's Australian Cinematheque Fairytales and Fables film program. This free event running from January 10 to March 30 will give movie goers cause to celebrate all of the things we love about both the traditional and contemporary fairytale and fable cinema experience. It will be a chance to revisit some of our most beloved childhood classics, but will also challenge our perception of the mass-market fairytale by delving deeper into the rich tradition and filmmaker interpretation of this storytelling genre.

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Production still from Labyrinth 1986 / Director: Jim Henson
Image courtesy: Amalgamated Movies


The program for Fairytales and Fables will have something to suit all tastes. Cult classics such as Wolfgang Petersen's The Neverending Story (1984), Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987) and Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) will be making a comeback.

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Production still from The Princess Bride 1987 / Director: Rob Reiner
Image credit: Roadshow Entertainment


Families have been well-catered for, particularly during the Summer school holidays, with G and PG rated warm and fuzzies including Wes Anderson's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), Victor Flemings visionary masterpiece The Wizard of Oz (1939) and an Aussie favourite Chris Noonan's Babe (1995). There is even a special school holiday session just for teens of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are (2009). Please note that for this session only, bookings are required.

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Production still from Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 x/ Director: Wes Anderson
Image credit: 20th Century Fox


But the program is not just for kids; there are many adults only sessions in the schedule line up. The darker side of these stories is explored through films such as Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) (loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses), the disturbing Hard Candy (2005) (drawing on ideas from Little Red Riding Hood), and Korean thriller Hansel and Gretel (2007).

Some of the special events happening during the film program include screenings of the earliest offerings from the genre such as the silent shadow puppetry animation film The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). Live music will accompany this and other selected sessions.

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Production still from Beauty and the Beast 1946 / Director: Jean Cocteau
Image courtesy: British Film Institute


Program curator Amanda Slack-Smith will be conducting a special interest talk on Saturday February 22, The Perilous Realm: Fairytales on Film. Here she will explore the origins of the darker side of the cinematic fairytale in terms of their oral and literary beginnings.

On Friday nights the gallery will be 'up late'. At these screenings the Audi GOMA Bar will be open from 5.30pm for drinks and light snacks.

For the full schedule of screenings and special events visit the GoMA website. As the Fairytales and Fables program is free, bookings and tickets are not required (with the exception of the previously mentioned teens only screening) so it is does pay to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

From popular, to comedic, to horrific, there is something to engage all audiences in this latest film offering from GoMA. Whether you wish to relive a childhood of classic fairytale magic, are intrigued to explore the interpretation of ancient tales or simply can't wait to find out what happened once upon a time, this film program is certainly not to be missed. The art of storytelling is extremely diverse and is often vividly told when presented on screen. And let's face it - who doesn't love a good story?
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Why? Explore the cinematic beauty and horror of fairytales and fables
When: Various daytime and nighttime sessions - check the website for the screening schedule
Phone: 07 3840 7303
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Australian Cinematheque
Cost: Free
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