Shakespeare Film Festival at Stratford-upon-Avon

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A new Film Festival developed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust with Stratford Picturehouse. Patron: Sir Kenneth Branagh

Saturday 6th October to Sunday 21st October 2012

The month of October will see a two-week festival featuring a programme of iconic films and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works with guest speakers talking about the dramatist’s impact on cinema across the ages.

From Gnomeo & Juliet matinees for children, to Henry V, the first Shakespeare Film Festival will feature a programme of iconic films and adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Many of the screenings will have quest speakers including leading actors and directors discussing Shakespeare’s impact on cinema across the ages. Whether your taste runs to rare archive silent movies or classics like the Burton/Taylor Taming of the Shrew the festival promises something for everyone. A new competition for films inspired by Shakespeare’s works will be launched during the festival.

Venues: Stratford Picturehouse and the Shakespeare Centre

6 October – Shakespeare Centre (evening)
Tempest (regional premier)
Fifth Column Films – film adaptation of The Tempest set in Oval, London.
By invitation only

7 October – Shakespeare Centre (8pm) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Originally made for TV from Peter Hall’s 1959 stage play but never transmitted. Featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Charles Laughton. Pre screening talk by Professor Russell Jackson. £7/£4. Tickets on the door.

12 October – Stratford Picturehouse (8pm)
The Taming of the Shrew (Burton/Taylor) with a pre-screening talk ‘A Woman Scorned – Shakespeare writing women’ £10/£7 

13 October – Stratford Picturehouse (10.30am)
Kids Club screening of Gnomeo and Juliet with a short drama workshop. The screening starts at 11:15 after the drama workshop. 

14 October – Stratford Picturehouse (7pm)
Othello (Olivier) with pre-screening talk ‘The Leading Role’ with Professor Stanley Wells in conversation with an actor. £10/£7 

18 October – Stratford Picturehouse (7pm)
Silent Shakespeare with musician accompaniment by Neil Brand. Followed by Professor Russell Jackson in conversation with Neil Brand. £10/£7 

19 October – Stratford Picturehouse (8pm)
Patrick Stewart in Macbeth (Goold/Stewart/Fleetwood) with pre-screening talk ‘Madness and Marriage’ £10/£7 

20 October – Stratford Picturehouse (10.30am)
Kids Club – The Lion King with animal puppet-making workshop. The screening starts at 11:15 after the puppet-making workshop. 

20 October – Stratford Picturehouse (8pm)
Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh) with pre-screening talk ‘Shakespeare, Movies and Music’ £10/£7

21 October – Stratford Picturehouse (7pm) Henry V with Professor Russell Jackson in conversation with a special guest and the launch of the Shakespeare Short Film Competition. £15/£10 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street
CV37 6QW

Source: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 

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