Skip to main content

Wishful Thinking

Australia, 1988 (MIFF 1988, Australian Video)

Director: Jill Scott

Wishful Thinking is a five part mini series for television, full of surreal and amusing adventures. It is a stereotypical look at our selves through the digital eyes of two female replicants from Planet X, a Utopia where nature is sustained by technology. One of the replicants travels to Earth where she encounters earthlings and heroines who are comic book cut-outs on a toy like landscape. The magic and atmosphere of Wishful Thinking is enhanced by the production process where characters are superimposed onto computer graphic and miniature set backgrounds using Ultimatte for the key. Using additional Video Effects (from the Quantel Paint Box, Hairy, Encore and Mirage) as an integral part of the storyline, the series of Wishful Thinking looks at the relationship between technology and the female creative concern for ecology, role models presented by the media and those of more violent Science Fiction as well as the media's appropriation and manipulation of female symbols.

The genre of Science Fiction constantly represents women as stereotypes who are either running from fear or waiting to be saved or seduced. We need another kind of female hero and Wishful Thinking, like ‘Alice in Wonderland', presents the idea that the destiny of the curious female is in her own hands and that the experience of the absurd and the new is simply a means of education This first episode, set in Australia, is a blend of technology and drama, creating a new type of sci-fi mythology

Jill Scott, June 1988

See also...

Double Time

A woman water-bearer is saved from her task by two mythological women from another planet's moon and she disappears with them into space. ... More »

Misty Space

On six planets six ordinary women metamorphose by association with ... six animals and dispute the truth of some past myths and fairytales. ... More »

Magnificent Desolation

In 1969 Armstrong lands on the moon only to find that there is there before him When he recognises his fate his famous speech is mutilated. ... More »

Magnificent Desolation

In 1969 Armstrong lands on the moon only to find that there is a woman ... there before him. When he recognises his fate, his famous speech is mutilated. ... More »

War Story

Although War Story is in some respects an intensely personal videotape, it is true to say that my task would have been impossible without the practical assistance and advice offered by others I can ... More »


Daryl Dellora's first feature-length film is a brilliantly executed, exactingly researched project flirting with the traditional line between drama and documentary, in its detailed examination of ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director