A decade ago, the much loved, panoramic fantasy world of Lord of the Rings was brought to the screen in Peter Jackson’s phenomenally successful trilogy of films. Released over a period of three years, the films were offered up to a demanding but desperately hopeful international fandom.
Presenting great challenges to audience researchers, who observed audiences in over 18 countries, the trilogy presented a fascinating insight into what the public expected from the filmic adaptations, and what they got – including some complete surprises.
With the release of The Hobbit in 2014, researchers are again testing the engagement between audience expectation and film experience, and exploring the questions they weren’t able to answer the first time around.
Find out what you expect from Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, and what adventures the films provide, with a fascinating talk on audience engagement by Visiting Professor of Deakin University Martin Barker.