The First “Alice In Wonderland” (1903)


This film, directed in 1903 by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, was the first film version of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The silent film was made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema. Alice is played by English born May Clark (1889-1984) , who worked for Hepworth Film Studios as a film cutter and production secretary when she was cast as Alice. Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

The adaptation was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. 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.

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