Follow Alice through the looking glass

Published: 11 April 2018

From white rabbits and Cheshire cats to the mad hatter and the queen of hearts, Alice's adventures in WONDERLAND, is now exhibiting at Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

The exhibition will explore the many screen adaptations of Lewis Carroll's classic, which has captivated fans for more than 150 years.

WONDERLAND is expected to attract 150,000 visitors and marks the 24th exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series — which brings the world's best art to Melbourne each year.

Watch the following video for a sneak peek of the exhibition.

The WONDERLAND exhibition runs until 7 October 2018.

Read more at the Victorian Connection website and for booking details, visit ACMI.

Video: Lose yourself in WONDERLAND

Video Transcript: Lose yourself in WONDERLAND

[Vision: Alice falling down the rabbit hole - tea party with scripting of story behind - people experiencing the magic of the tea party - plate with visions of Alice at the tea party, the March Hare - people enjoying the tea party display]

Jessica Bram - Curator, ACMI

The exhibition Wonderland is the first ever survey of Alice on a screen.

[Vision: Ladies enjoying the exhibition - Jessica speaking - mushrooms - tea party plate magic]

It offered a chance to be theatrical and it offered us a chance to really turn the kind of ordinary exhibition experience on its head a little.

[Vision: Tea party with clocks behind] And so there are things in here that are a bit unexpected which is pretty fun as well.

[Vision: Jessica speaking - Alice in Wonderland sign and film playing - drawings of Alice in Wonderland story]

There’s a timelessness to the kind of strong, smart, cheeky, witty, curious kind of protagonist.

[Vision:  Vision of small house with film playing in the background - children sitting on oversized chair reading - Queen of Hearts dress display] But then I think it’s about the wonder of the stories themselves and the nonsense and the absurdity and the kind of backwardness of some of the characters that are as endearing to kids as they are to adults.

[Vision:  Adults looking at magic mirror - children looking at the story display of cards and roses - young boy mesmerised by display - male looking at video]

It’s very much a theatrical immersive experiential journey and so in telling the story of Alice we tell the story of film craft.

[Vision:  Lady crawling through small door in the wall to Wonderland]

But we also offer visitors a really amazing journey down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

[VICTORIA State Government]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]