Fairy Films: Wee Folk on the Big Screen
Educated Dragon Publishing (2023)
Since their inception, motion pictures have brought fantastic imagery to life, mining mythology and folklore to entertain audiences worldwide. As a staple of fantasy, fairies received attention almost immediately, and their influence on the artform has never truly waned. Even into the modern era, filmmakers draw upon the themes of fairy lore, perhaps unknowingly.
Quaint children’s tales of whimsical, benevolent sprites belie a rich tradition of complex, magical beings sharing our reality, entities whose very existence may have some root in fact. In this groundbreaking collection of essays, editor Joshua Cutchin reveals how this ancient body of folklore infuses multiple genres of contemporary cinema.
Featuring essays by Wren Collier, Joshua Cutchin, Susan Demeter, Patrick Dugan, David Floyd, Jack Hunter, Allison Jornlin, James P. Nettles, Neil Rushton, Mark Anthony Wyatt, and Simon Young
Edited by Joshua Cutchin
Available from Educated Dragon Press
PRAISE FOR Fairy Films:
"Fairies are recapturing the modern imagination across media genres and Fairy Films represents an essential look at both examples of this in film as well as the importance of it. From the way that fairy imagery influences modern anecdotal encounters to fairylore as a lens to interpret movies, these articles are fascinating, thought provoking, and acknowledge film as a new form to relate and rewrite very old fairy motifs. As subtly enchanting as the topic it explores."
- Morgan Daimler, author of A New Dictionary of Fairies
"For those that want to look beyond the silver screen and pull at the threads that bind fiction to the fraying tethers of unreality, do I have a treat for you! The works herein will give you far more than simply pop-cultural analogues for the mysterious lore of the fae and instead offer us a deeper insight into a legend that continues to evolve with each passing generation."
- Seth Breedlove, Director & Creator of "Small Town Monsters"