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A short film set in 2016 South-East London, woven together from THE WORKS of Shakespeare using only his text.
A short film set in 2016 South-East London, woven together from THE WORKS of Shakespeare using only his text.
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THE WORKS - Short Film

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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

Conrad Kira
Conrad Kira

Links to his wonderful work! http://www.conradkira.com http://twitter.com/conradlives http://www.facebook.com/conradkira http://www.soundcloud.com/conradkira https://conradkira.bandcamp.com

Cast Announcements:

Antonia Thomas
Antonia Thomas
 
Fisayo Akinade
Fisayo Akinade
 
Miles Yekinni
Miles Yekinni
 
Tommy McDonnell
Tommy McDonnell
 
Ken Nwosu
Ken Nwosu
 
Sarah Vevers
Sarah Vevers
 
Jack McMullen
Jack McMullen

 Character designs:

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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    THANK YOU!!!!
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    Eternal Gratitude, you can take this gratitude around with you everywhere, it feels great. You can also exchange this gratitude for quiet smugness. This is also has its perks, you will find yourself smiling for no reason.

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    YOU ROCK STAR!!!
    This is an amazing commitment, thank you.

    THE SCRIPT:
    You get the script. I will print it out and post it to you. BOOM!!!

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    LEGEND!!!
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    THE POSTER:
    the poster of THE WORKS signed by the cast delivered to you.

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    THIS IS MASSIVE!!!
    you are officially part of the film, THANK YOU!

    A CREDIT:
    you will be thanked in the credits of the film.

    A SMALL MESSAGE:
    I will send you a personal short video saying thank you

    THE FILM:
    you will receive a private link to watch the film online, before it gets released to the general public.

    THE SCRIPT:
    You get the script. I will print it out and post it to you. BOOM!!!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!!!!
    Thank you 1000 times.

    SET VISIT:
    You will be picked up by a car from your home (in London) and brought to the set to spend some time with the cast and crew on any filming day you like.

    A CREDIT:
    You will be listed as an executive producer in the credits of the film.

    A SMALL MESSAGE:
    I will send you a personal short video saying thank you.

    THE FILM:
    you will receive a private link to watch the film online, before it gets released to the general public.

    THE SCRIPT:
    You get the script. I will print it out and get the cast to sign it and post it to you. BOOM!!!

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