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Tim Burton and the Gothic Imagination

Education Resource Kit

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Tim Burton and the Gothic Imagination: An education resource exploring the films of Tim Burton and their literary, film and cultural inheritance

Tim Burton has always been fascinated by the dark and light aspects of life, arguing that one cannot exist without the other. His distinctive creative vision places him within a long tradition of Gothic artists fascinated by the duality of human existence. This resource is designed as an introduction to Burton's dark imagination and the Gothic textual tradition that has inspired him.

Designed for middle to upper secondary English and Media students, this kit includes activities and discussion points. 

Content includes:

  • An introduction to the Gothic tradition
  • An introduction to the place of film in the Gothic tradition
  • Tim Burton and the Gothic tradition
  • Vincent (1982)
  • Frankenweenie (1982)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • The Gothic hero in the films of Tim Burton
  • Batman (1989)
  • Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Tim Burton's Gothic playfulness and Corpse Bride
  • Classic Gothic horror: Sleepy Hollow

Writer: Susan Bye

Susan Bye is an education programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Her primary role is to support the teaching of film as text to secondary school students. Initially trained as an English teacher, Susan studied and taught film and media at La Trobe University before joining ACMI in 2009.

Download Tim Burton and the Gothic Imagination Education Resource Kit [PDF 427KB]

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