Author(s): Emma McRae; Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Wonderland follows Alice's journey through her many cinematic appearances from 1930's silent Alice in Wonderland to the recent Tim Burton blockbusters, looking at the importance of Lewis Carroll's creation, and how technological innovations and filmmakers' unique voices have added intriguing new layers to the Wonderland characters, while never losing the appeal and endurance of the original creations. Since the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice has delighted children and adults alike. However, this timeless heroine was always destined for a life which went beyond the page. Alice and her world have been portrayed on screen many times, from silent film to animation, and each new telling of her story adds a new dimension to Lewis Carroll's original creation. This book, written in association with Senses of Cinema, looks at this journey, with stunning images throughout, and a series of essays by respected contributors on various aspects of the influence of Alice both on the page and on the screen. This cinematic world is being celebrated with the world premier exhibition of Wonderland at ACMI in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, and the book uses the amazing material from this to create a journey down the rabbit hole into an enchanted world where expectations are upended and curiosity always rewarded.
ACMI is Australia's national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. Emma McRae is a writer, editor and one of the curators of the Wonderland exhibition. Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an editor at Senses of Cinema and the author of five books on cult cinema.