STRANGE EMPIRE is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of their men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families. As the stories of Janestown's citizens unfold we see the clash between a power-hungry father and son and the deep prejudices among races, but also the start of something akin to community in this Wild West.
THIS INTERACTIVE FEATURE
The Curiosities of Rebecca Blithely is a psychological accompaniment that brings the audience on a journey into the hidden life of one of the most compelling characters on the CBC western drama "Strange Empire". Through unsettling flashbacks to her past interwoven with information her life in 1860, viewers learn more about Janestown's doctor through backstory, observations, and musings weaving between the TV screen and the online world.
With animation, photography, illustration and live action in a rich interface reflecting the aesthetic of the show, the feature explores different objects from the story that hold significance to Rebecca, all in a sequence of dreamlike images that mix past and future, the spirit world, native folklore, and historical context. For the objects that Rebecca collects, one for each episode for a total of 13 interactive pieces, each digs deeper into additional story content, creating a sub-plot that becomes a powerful narrative companion to Strange Empire.