Category Archives: film

New Work from Shakespeare Republic

It’s been a huge year for Melbourne-based actors’ collective Shakespeare Republic. After an amazing run of gathering up awards everywhere they went, they have recently launched their next round of videos.

Season Two of the Shakespeare Republic series will be appearing over 2017. These are beautifully produced soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous characters, interpreted by a wide range of talented actors.

You can find their site here.

Check out their projects, and sling them some support if you can.

Text showing Shakespeare Republic logo surrounded by film festival awards listings.

Shakespeare on Film

14-26 July, Melbourne

Presented by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Association with University of Melbourne

Shakespeare on Film

This is a full-to-the-brim season including a whole slew of new films and glorious classics. Be sure to check their full programme.

“In association with the University of Melbourne ACMI presents an international touring program from the British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Council that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard. With so much high drama, history and romance, it’s little wonder that William Shakespeare is credited with more film adaptations that any other writer. Special presentations include Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Cinema with a new score by the Globe musicians, and a digital restoration of Richard III with an exclusive on-stage discussion between Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine recorded at BFI Southbank.”

Tickets $17/$13/$10, plus 3-session and 6-session passes.

Full details here.

Taymor’s Dream screening in Melbourne

27 July, Melbourne.

Julie Taymor is acknowledged as one of the most thrilling directors of Shakespeare in the world today. Her New York production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a masterpiece of word, music and image building into something beyond an ordinary piece of theatre.

Man in donkey head costume and small child in white makeup.
A still from the production

Supported by the University of Melbourne’s Shakespeare 400 initiative, and by the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australian audiences will finally have the chance to immerse themselves in Taymor’s exquisite multi-media, hallucinatory stage world. “Taymor’s Dream was released on film at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2014 and has had limited release primarily in the UK and North America. This screening for the University of Melbourne community is the Australian premiere.”

Hopefully this will be an inspiration to other cities.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Federation Hall – 7-17 Grant Street #5, Southbank, VIC 3006

Tickets are free, but you can book ahead: Full details here.

Say happy birthday to Shakespeare

As you would already know, since you have been reading all our posts on this page, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is also his birthday. And that is next Saturday!

To celebrate, Melbourne filmmakers Shakespeare Republic are putting together a video, and they want you to join in. Make a “Happy Birthday Shakespeare” message and send it to them to be part of their special event.

See below image for text transcription.

Text reads: It’s nearly Shakespeare’s birthday, and Shakespeare Republic is celebrating! Send your ‘happy birthday Shakespeare’ video message of 15 seconds or less to by Wednesday April 20th, 2016 to be included in our birthday video and join the international party! Do you #LoveTheBard?

Shakespeare Screenings at the State Library

In conjunction Australia’s Silent Film Festival, the State Library of NSW has a number of screenings of early and popular Shakespeare films coming up.

Friday 15 April: Shakespeare Silent Films performed with a live soundtrack. Tickets $30/$25 Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm-6.15pm in Dixson Room. Films start at 6.15pm. Richard III (1912) 59 minutes and Bromo and Juliet (1926) 24 minutes

Album cover of songs from film Kiss Me Kate.In addition, there is the Shakespeare and the Silver Screen series, Sundays at 2pm:

10 April – Kiss Me Kate The Cole Porter musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew

17 April – Richard III The Laurence Olivier version

24 April – Chimes at Midnight The Orson Welles version of Henry IV

Tickets via the State Library website.