The very first Alice in Wonderland...

This brief film is a series of highlights from the 1903 film of “Alice in Wonderland”. The film was made only 37 years after the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book, and only eight years after the advent of film itself. It has been restored by the BFI.

Eight of the 12 original minutes of the film still exist, and have now been restored by the BFI. From the BFI:

“With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years.”

The film music is “Jill in the Box”, composed and performed by Wendy Hiscocks. For more information and to see the full eight minute film, visit the BFI’s site.

Thank you to Carol Devine.

4 comments to The very first Alice in Wonderland…

  • Kendra

    Fantastic! Interesting to see the effects they used.

  • Alice

    Love this. Great to see the entire 8 minutes over at the BFI as well.

  • Chris

    Thanks very much to Duncan Mackay for sending this information:

    “This version was filmed in Walton-on-Thames (where I grew up). Where this was filmed is now called Hepworth Way after the director.

    This is what it looks like now. Not much chance of a Mad-hatter’s tea party… “

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