Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard

A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault in which Perrault’s young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust.

Creative team

Writer: Paul Victor Schoucair
Director: A.J. Bond
Producer: Amy Belling, Alejandro De Leon, West McDowell

Director’s statement

A.J. Bond says:

“Allowing anyone to read your creative writing is always a dangerous proposition, especially if they are someone very close to you. Will they like your work? Will they judge you? Will they see you differently?

Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard imagines how Charles Perrault’s young wife might have reacted had she stumbled upon his dark fairytales without his consent.”

About A.J. Bond

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A.J. Bond began his film career as an actor appearing in several Canadian films including Gary Burns’ Kitchen Party and Anne Wheeler’s Better Than Chocolate.

In 2003, A.J. graduated from the UBC film program where he produced and edited the award-winning short, Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (TIFF 2003).

A.J. began working as a producer on several successful short films including The Saddest Boy in the World (TIFF 2006) and The Patterns Trilogy (TIFF 2006) both with director Jamie Travis.

A.J. formed the production company The Siblings in 2006 with Amy Belling to produce his debut as a writer and director, the award-winning short film Hirsute. The short premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and went on to play at over 50 film festivals around the world. Hirsute was nominated for seven Leo Awards and won nine film festival prizes.

A.J. has been invited to attend both the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab as an emerging writer/director. His most recent short film, the mystery/fantasy Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard, was selected to screen Coup de Coeur at the 2011 Cannes Short Film Corner.

A.J. is currently finishing his first feature film, Stress Position, as well as developing the psychological thriller Wisteria.

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