“Elsie, Prince of Denmark” is an inspiring and funny coming of age film, exploring death, destiny and Shakespeare - and all in under 14 minutes. This film is being made by an international award winning cast and crew to create a beautiful and heartwarming universal tale that we hope will also benefit the local community it is set in - Peterborough.
The project is led by critically acclaimed film-maker Brek Taylor and award-winning Peterborough-born writer Julie Mayhew and will star high calibre cast and crew including:
Actress, Sally Phillips ("Bridget Jones" films, "Smack the Pony", “Miranda")
Actor, Clive Hayward (“Prime Suspect”, “Melody")
Actor, Damian Lynch ("Eastenders", "The Bill")
Producer, Jayne Trotman (Ex-PR Head at Warner Bros UK helming PR for "Harry Potter” film series, “The Matrix” and “The Hangover” films to name but a few)
Cinematographer, Katie Swain ("Little Britain", "Dusty and Me")
Editor, Izabella Curry ("Three Girls", "The Crown")
Composer, Rael Jones (“Sherlock", "My Cousin Rachel", "Suite Francaise")
This strong line up together with an experienced team of film-making and production creatives will create a fantastic learning opportunity for young people from in and around the Peterborough area, with a passion for film-making and performance.
"Elsie, Prince of Denmark" will shoot at Peterborough Regional College this November with additional support from local community artistic hub, Metal Culture and Peterborough Heritage, Arts, Culture, Enterprise (PHACE) - ambitious organisations both transforming the potential of young people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.
We hope that this project inspires us all to remember that where-ever you start and wherever you are you have the potential to create and be part of extraordinary things you never thought possible.
What will happen...
"Elsie, Prince of Denmark" will recruit up to 30 actors and 6 shadow crew from young people aged 16-18 living in and around the Peterborough area. Open casting and interviews will take place on October 14th. There will be workshops before filming starts to introduce participants to the film-making process, acting skills and opportunity to meet cast and crew ahead of the November shoot.
What is "Elsie, Prince of Denmark" about?
Elsie May doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life just yet - so Elsie's funeral director father and her A Level college are busy making plans for her instead. When Elsie is cast in an end of year production of "Hamlet" she sees her frustrations and indecision mirrored by the eponymous hero, and a way to make her desires understood. And just how far is Elsie prepared to go to be heard?
Why bring this short film version of "Hamlet" to the big screen?
Baz Luhrman’s film “Romeo + Juliet” is often quoted as being relevant and important to young people, yet there is no obvious current or British equivalent of a youth accessible Shakespeare feature or short film. The team saw the potential with a contemporary interpretation of “Hamlet” made by young people for young people. This is a play for now. Continuing to capture popular interest following recent high-profile stage productions, the play focuses squarely on young people trying to make sense of the world. In addition, Brek and Julie and the production team have a keen interest in exploring the themes of identity, entrapment and opportunity and "Elsie, Prince of Denmark" has made that possible.
The long term...
Our aim is for "Elsie, Prince of Denmark" to premiere at a major UK Film Festival, plus a Peterborough red carpet premiere event. We will also have further screenings in London and the regions next year that our collaborators and investors will have the opportunity to come to and celebrate.
We hope the premise of blending professional film making with youth opportunities is one we and other can take forward into future feature film production to create more relevant film work experience. Furthermore, the film will also be submitted to film festivals worldwide and be put forward for UK specialist release and online distribution. "Elsie, Prince of Denmark" will also be made available educationally for the Shakespeare Schools Festival and other UK arts and Shakespeare organisations in the UK and beyond.
About Tailormade Productions
Tailormade Productions is a bespoke storytelling company working across film, TV and theatre.
Founded in 2005 by Brek Taylor, Clare Tinsley and Elizabeth Mitchell, Tailormade’s core ethos is to collaborate with a wide range of talent, from VJs and Slavic language experts to soundscape artists and PR gurus, to create compelling and imaginative productions.
Our first feature film “Island” starring Janet McTeer, Colin Morgan and Natalie Press was released in 2011, and we are currently working across a slate of feature, tv and arts projects in development with partners such as the BFI, Arts Council England and Rooksnest Entertainment.
We also work on commission to devise and produce work for both the public sector (Film London, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Southwark and Lambeth Councils, European Capital of Culture, British Council) and the private through our work as Producers for agencies Saatchi & Saatchi and Th_nk.
Tailormade Productions is based in Oxford.
Tailormade showreel here: https://vimeo.com/79318794
Want to read more about the vision of the film? Why not download the directors notes here.
The Elsie team includes:
On the big screen;
Behind the Scenes: Bios and pictures;
With special thanks to Izzy Curry, Rael Jones, Hussnain Nawaz, Aslan Amjad & Joseph I. G. Roberts for their work on our fundraising video.
Risks and challenges
The major risk with completing the project is not securing enough funds and this is why we need your help. We have a very strong production team planning and implementing this project experienced in all areas and levels of the production process and therefore adept at resolving the unexpected. They will also be on board to pre-empt risk and guide and advise our junior Peterborough team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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