DREAMCHILD (1985)

DREAMCHILD (1985) Ian Holm

Gavin Millar’s Dreamchild (1985) received critical accolades upon its release. It was written by one of the most impressive of television writers, Dennis Potter, and features some of Jim Henson‘s most impressive work in his renditions of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland creatures. The film received scant distribution upon its release and, additionally, sat unreleased on DVD until 2011. Far from jettisoning of the darker, surreal elements of “Alice in Wonderland” (as happens in Tim Burton’s nuetered version), Dreamchild does not flinch from the nightmarish qualities in this famous tale. Like its source inspiration, Dreamchild remarkably manages to evoke a darker milieu, while retaining warmth and wit.

DREAMCHILD (1985 dir. Gavin Millar)

That is not to say this is a perfect film. It dwells upon the contrast between English sophistication and American crassness a bit too much (even if it is spot on), and a romance between a reporter (Peter Gallagher) and Alice’s ward, Lucy (the quite good Nicola Cowper) is an intrusive misstep. Yet, along with Henson’s vividly designed vision of life below the rabbit hole are two stunning star performances. Most critics rightly singled out the performance of Coral Brown as Alice Hargreaves (formerly Alice Liddell). But, equally impressive is Ian Holm‘s eye-of-the-hurricane performance as Lewis Carroll.

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“UNREQUITED”

 

Some behind the scene pics of the short film, “Unrequited.” Directed by David Ross. Cinematography and still photography by Dan Land. Makeup by Don Trent and Vanessa Blake.

Starring Jessica Forelich as Alice, Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler, Mindy Steel as the Evil Queen, Nate Saylor as the March Hare, Patrick Greathouse as the Mad Hatter, Don Mabry as the Executioner.