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Re-Enchantment: The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales

Gender Stereotypes, Cultural Messages and Sex

Year: 2014, 30 mins
Code: FAM-EnchantPt1

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PART 1: Introduction

PART 2: Enchantments
Fairy Tales Explored:
Bluebeard, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Snow White.

Fairy tales are cultural snapshots of the lives of men and women, their economic and family circumstances and the conditions of childhood. At the same time fairy tales reflect our inner lives, our conscious and unconscious fears and preoccupations, as well as our fantasies and dreams.

Just as the stories are always changing and adapting so are interpretations by writers, social historians, psychologists and cultural commentators.

Re-enchantment weaves together psychological, social, historical and cultural interpretations providing the viewer a comprehensive insight into the hidden meanings of fairy tales.
Also includes the re-interpretation of fairy tales by visual and media artists and popular culture in each story space.

Presented as an interactive multi-platform documentary, this project features a series of 10 x 3-minute animated documentaries (interstitials), exploring themes at work in fairy tales. Each episode offers a rich visual design and presents a new way of thinking about these familiar and much loved stories.

Themes: Gender Roles and Stereotypes, Fairy Tale Sex, Princess Culture, Beastly Husbands, Wicked Stepmothers, the psychology of fear of the unknown, the human capacity for hope and wishfullness and a lot more...

Featuring: Marina Warner, Writer and Cultural Historian; Barbara Creed, Professor of Cinema studies, Melbourne University; Jack Zipes, Writer and Fairy Tale Scholar and more...

Relevant secondary curriculum areas include: English Literature, Creative and Studio Arts, Media and Film Studies, Psychology. At tertiary level: Women’s Studies, Cultural Theory.

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Written and directed by Sarah Gibson
Produced by Sue Maslin

Featuring: Marina Warner, Writer and Cultural Historian; Barbara Creed, Professor of Cinema studies, Melbourne University; Jack Zipes, Writer and Fairy Tale Scholar and more...

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