The Gallery of Modern Art is launching their free Fairytales and Fables film program on 10 January, will you relive your favourites?

The Fairytales and Fables program will screen at the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque from 10 January to 30 March and will embrace the whimsy and darkness in both traditional and contemporary takes on folk stories.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines says 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 says.

The program opens on Friday January 10 with a special event blending the exquisite 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).

On the opening night of the Fairytales and Fables program the Audi GOMA Bar will be open for drinks and light snacks from 5.30pm and this will reoccur every Friday for the duration of the program.

The program offers more than 60 film titles at more than 85 screenings over the three month period. With a range of films rated from G to 18+ there is sure to be a title to suit everyone.

Mr Saines says 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 Fairytales and Fables with parody, experimental film and horror.

“Fairytales and Fables offers an opportunity to revisit some of the genre’s most popular titles, such as Wolfgang Petersen’s The Neverending Story (1984) and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986), and to discover other films that reinvigorate these genres on the big screen,” he says.

There are films from the early 20th century, like The Adventures of Prince Achmed(1926), Peter Pan (1924) and The Wizard of Oz (1939), as well as fantastical contemporary stories, such as Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990), Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).

The more recent titles include Pablo Berger’s acclaimed contemporary silent take on Snow White,Blancanieves (2012), Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Wes Anderson’s quirky adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox (2009).

View our full listing of films showing as part of the Fairytales and Fables program in January, February and March sessions.

What is your favourite fairytale or fable film? Will you be visiting this free program at GOMA?