This is a film to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
It is written by Shakespeare woven together by Elliot Barnes-Worrell, produced by Lisa Osborne, Co-produced by Marcus Romer and designed by Ailsa Windsor.
The film is 15min in real time and is set in an estate in Peckham where I grew up. It captures estate life and different people's stories. The twist is every single word spoken is Shakespeare. I have gone through THE complete WORKS of Shakespeare and woven together a story using only his words. Given that it's the 400th year of his death in 2016 I thought now was the time.
Here is an interview I did about the project recently. Click image to take you there.
Shakespeare remains out of reach for so many young people, one of the reasons being that many of them don't go to the theatre or see themselves reflected in Shakespeare productions. My aim is to show that his language can belong to everyone. So, I have put together a very ethnically diverse, young cast to speak his words as if they were their own, in scenarios we recognise. We are aiming to get this short film into schools all over Britain to help them access Shakespeare's language.
There will be characters with London, regional, and African accents. Some themes include: same sex relationships, masculine insecurities and young love.
With this film I also want the local community to be involved. We are offering young people that are interested in film making the opportunity to come and be a part of this production. Shadowing the DOP, the Producer, the Director; giving them the chance to work on a professional film set.
Musical Director: Conrad Kira
Risks and challenges
Ours will be working in a live environment in South London; working as efficiently as possible to deliver the best value for money to our stakeholders; honouring both Shakespeare and the subjects of our tale; and achieving the best possible route to distribution to enrich the teaching of Shakespeare for as many students as possible. All over a very short yet intense shooting schedule early in 2016.
To meet these challenges we are assembling a highly experienced production team with many broadcast credits to their name and a cast of experienced actors, who have experience performing Shakespeare. This is not an amateur production although it is being made with love. The whole team behind it is working to produce a professional film for a good cause.
My personal challenge will be as a first time director, working on a professional film set.
To meet this challenge, not only do we have a very experienced cast and crew, but I have chosen a subject I know.
I have worked with Shakespeare for a long time, although it is my first time directing a film it is not my first time directing Shakespeare.
I have been directing people in the performance of Shakespearean text for 3 years, I was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company for a year and a half and have woven together this screenplay from my knowledge of his text.
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