From 'Re-enchantment' project soon to launch on ABC by Simone Mitchell (that's ABC in Australia, not the US, alas, again):
A groundbreaking immersive journey into the hidden meanings of fairy tales produced by an RMIT University academic will be launched by the ABC online, on radio and on television in March.
Re-enchantment is an interactive multi-platform documentary project produced by RMIT University’s Adjunct Professor Sue Maslin, which explores why fairy stories continue to enchant, entertain, fascinate and horrify contemporary adult audiences.
The project includes an interactive online documentary (live on Wednesday, 2 March), 10 short animated documentaries (screening on ABC 1 through March from Sunday, 6 March) and sound recordings of the Re-enchantment fairy tales (airing and streaming online on Radio National’s Sunday Story through March).
“Re-enchantment has been three years in the making and is groundbreaking in its originality and its scope,” Adjunct Professor Maslin said.
“It is a poetic and provocative act of creative interpretation of fairy tales. Best of all, it is a two-way conversation and we invite the audience to contribute their own re-imaginings.”
By entering the online enchanted forest, viewers can see how fairy tales have been re-interpreted by artists, writers, animators, filmmakers, advertisers, psychologists and academics, exploring their themes and ideas as well as the meanings they carry in a contemporary world.
“In the lead-up to the royal wedding of the century, Re-enchantment gives us all the chance to find out why princes, princesses, transformations and happily-ever-afters still have resonance today,” Adjunct Professor Maslin said.
A Film Art Media production in association with Inside Out Productions, Re-enchantment has been developed and produced with the assistance of Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Technology Sydney. Written and directed by Sarah Gibson, produced by Sue Maslin, lead design by Rose Draper, narrated by Gretel Killeen.
The good news is that so far this doesn't appear to have regional blocking so hopefully those of us on other continents will be able to view the online materials when they are released.
And for you Australian readers, there are a few of you according to my stats, I'm thrilled and envious!