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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Dreamchild (1985)

There’s a ton of derivative work that presumes to continue the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) story, but Dreamchild is by Dennis Potter and while it’s centred on an aged Alice it’s primarily in Potter’s voice, not Carroll's.
It follows the real Alice, the inspiration for the fictional girl, as she travels to America for the centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth. She dislikes the bustle and lack of tact that she finds there, but more so she abhors that they want her to give an account of what it’s like to be the fiction.
Her memories of the telling of the story given to her as a child by the author revisit her as an aged woman in the present, brought to life in a different world by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop as twisted representations of buried truths about the complicated relationship between the adult and the child.

3 corner shadows out of 5

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