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A scene from the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth, screening at GOMA.
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A free film program embracing the whimsy and darkness in both traditional and contemporary takes on folk stories will screen at the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque from January 10 to March 30, 2014.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said Fairytales and Fables would reveal the cinematic allure of these traditional tales, and their continued ability to enchant and unnerve.

‘Encompassing films suitable for the young and young at heart, and a selection of more provocative titles for adults only, the program will show how these stories have evolved, modernised and exerted their influence on other genres in European and North American filmmaking,’ Mr Saines said.

The program opens on Friday January 10 with a special event blending the 1001 Nights-inspired shadow puppet animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926, with live accompaniment by sacred vocal and instrumental music duo Oscar and Marigold (Kim Cunio and Heather Lee). It is followed by a screening of Rob Reiner’s much-loved fantastic comedy The Princess Bride 1987.

Mr Saines said the films in the program ranged in tone from light-hearted to disturbing, and included reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.

For screening times and film notes visit qagoma.qld.gov.au/fairytales

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