Monday, 14 February 2011

Fairy Tales Re-imagined Symposium

Fairy Tales Reimagined
The creator of television's popular serial killer Dexter Morgan, Jeff Lindsay, will visit Australia next month when the Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents Fairy Tales Re-imagined, a two-day symposium that will explore how traditional fairy tales are being reworked by visual artists, filmmakers and popular culture. 

The symposium, which is open to the public, is a two-day event discussing fairy tales from an adult perspective, outside the realm of childhood fiction. Sessions will explore why fairy stories continue to enchant, entertain, fascinate and horrify adult audiences, referencing such tales as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Bluebeard and Hansel and Gretel.

By studying the original stories written many hundreds of years ago, the symposium will evaluate how and why they remain a reference tool across creative forms such as television, film, advertising, photography and visual art and throughout popular culture.

ACMI Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson, said this symposium will provide an invaluable contemporary look at our relationships with fairy tales.

"Fairy tales come into our lives during childhood as little more than scary stories that charm and captivate us. They are, however, laden with symbolism and flush with social, moral and even political meanings. As we grow older, our relationship with fairy tales morphs into something deeper and the psychology behind that is fascinating," she said.

"ACMI's event will attempt to deconstruct the ideas within fairy tales and explore the contemporary references to some of our much loved tales." 

Panellists include cultural commentators, psychologists, writers, producers, academics and artists.

A highlight of the program is the special event Dark Tales, Serial Archetypes, featuring international guest author Jeff Lindsay, creator of America's most-read, most-watched and most-beloved serial killer, Dexter Morgan. His Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first book in the series, was the basis for the breakout Showtime television series in 2006. In conversation with Professor Sue Turnbull, Jeff will speak about the influence of fairy tales on his writing. This final session for the symposium will include time for audience questions and a post-event book signing. 

The event will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at Re-enchantment, an interactive multi-platform documentary project exploring the world of fairy tales. Writer and director Sarah Gibson (also a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist) and producer Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Celebrity: Dominick Dunne) will talk about the creation of the series to be delivered via ABC1, Radio National and the internet from 6 March, 2011.

As part of the Fairy Tales Re-imagined event, ACMI Screen Education will also present a professional development day for educators on the final day of the symposium. 

Fairy Tales Re-imagined is at ACMI on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March, 2011. Bookings are essential. For more information, please visit


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