Projects that I have completed or are works in progress
Alice film OpinionAs the name says. I give my opinions on Alice adaptations.
Down the Rabbit Hole Project
I look at Alice’s influence on cinema. Ongoing. These started off as reviews but since 2020 have become more essay based. This project examines Carroll's Alice books and their influence on cinema, and covers a variety of genres, from mainstream fantasy features to arthouse cinema.
Many of the films I have covered have been included in various Alice in Wonderland themed film festivals over the years (from LACMA's Alice and other lost girls in fantastic worlds, to Eyefilm Museum's Alice filmprogramme) and has taken into account films scholars and audiences alike see as carrollian.
The project aims to answer the question "how do we know when work is influenced by Lewis carroll, what is a carrollian story or vibe?"
The project also aims to create an informal "canon" of films that are in this genre.
- Spirited Away (2002)
- Coraline (2009)
- Return to Oz (1985)
- The Cat Returns (2002)
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
- Girl Asleep (2016)
- Mirrormask (2005)
- Labyrinth (1986)
What is the Use of a Book Reviews
Book reviews for novels in a Alice vein. Considers books deemed carrollian by reading audiences, reviewers, and scholars. Ongoing.
- Tideland by Mitch Cullin
- Valerie and her Week of Wonders by Vitezslav Nezval
- The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson
- Speaking Likenesses: Flora’s Story by Christina Rosettti
- Night is Short, Walk on Girl by Tomihiko Morimi
Reviews of stage versions of the Alice books.
Adrian Mitchell’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass