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Stealing Juliet: Promising Shakespearian news for Italian television…

While Neil Jordan’s The Borgias was rushed into the programming to coincide with the conclave, the new season is set to offer a new multi-episode version of Romeo and Juliet, produced by the largest private broadcasting company, Mediaset (no apparent relationship with the predilection of its owner, a former prime minister, for adolescent girls). However, […]

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Filming Shakespeare

Just before Christmas I visited the home of one of my godchildren. Harry is six and, together with his brother and sister, loves making films. His older brother, Tom, is in charge and his sister assists with locations and production. Harry is by now quite used to being given reams of script at the last […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh as Henry V

Filming Shakespeare Webinar

We’ve been enjoying the first Shakespeare Film Festival here in Stratford-upon-Avon. It concludes on Sunday evening with a special showing of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V at The Stratford Picture House. In part characterising the Film Festival have been the pre- and post-show talks by Shakespearians, film practioners, and experts. Join us for a free webinar, […]

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Laurence Olivier as Othello (1965)

Olivier’s Othello

On Sunday evening, as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival, there was a special screening of Laurence Olivier’s Othello. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been a little put off this film because one of the first things that people say about it is ‘Olivier’s performance is too big for the screen.’ Having seen it, all I […]

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Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker as Benedick and Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

For film-goers, cult TV fans and Shakespeare lovers, the big movie premiere next month will be Joss Whedon’s black and white, shot in a fortnight, self-financed film of Much Ado About Nothing at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Whedon launched his career as a scriptwriter with the 1992 film, Buffy The Vampire Slayer […]

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The Rest is Silence

Year of Shakespeare: The Rest is Silence

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   The Rest is Silence, dreamthinkspeak, 29 June 2012, at the Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne By Adam Hansen, University of Northumbria In Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Critic as Artist’ (1890-91), […]

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Tempest

Something Bold This Way Comes: A Tempest for 21st Century London

With the array of weird and wonderful performances currently on display at the World Shakespeare Festival, you could be forgiven for thinking that a new, truly unique, and truly unusual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays represents something of an impossibility. Enter Fifth Column Film’s feature-length film, Tempest.     Four years in the making, […]

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Coriolanus in Conversation

It was a full cinema. Any new Shakespeare film is bound to be an interesting cultural moment. And this one stars Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave (in her first Shakespearian film role). Last evening The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, in partnership with The Stratford Picture House, shared a premiere showing of Coriolanus on the eve of […]

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

Queering Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the new Guy Richie film released in the UK this month, will inevitably raise the question foregrounded by his first Sherlock Holmes film: are Holmes and Watson supposed to be gay? The films unashamedly toy with the idea. Discussing Sherlock Holmes on The Late Show with David Letterman, Robert […]

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