Shakespeare on film: Students respond to our Summer 2023 season
Student film-makers from Anglia Ruskin University explore Shakespeare’s plays in thought-provoking and ambitious short films
For the third year running, students from Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have worked with staff and practitioners at Shakespeare’s Globe on a special project to bring the themes of Shakespeare’s plays to the screen. The film-makers visited the Globe, and learned about our unique spaces and the theatre culture of Shakespeare’s time.
Working with practitioner Kevin Bennett, they explored selections of text from our four summer season shows, and developed pitches for their short films which were selected by student producer Alannah Beaumont, and the Globe’s Head of Research Dr Will Tosh.
Now five unique short films – motion picture features in miniature – are ready for release. They capture the imagination, ambition and vast creative potential of Shakespeare’s works in new stories inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, As You Like It, and The Comedy of Errors.
For a third year running the film students at ARU have dazzled with their creativity and ambition. They’ve spun five captivating new stories out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It and Macbeth. I think the students’ artistic superpower is their ability to zero in on the plays’ most compelling themes, from female friendship to magical metamorphoses, from the power of language to both illuminate and to wound, to the terrifying persistence of guilt and trauma. Gasp!, Wicked Dreams, Lost From Sea, Dress Rehearsal and A Midsummer’s Nightmare have helped me understand Shakespeare in new ways – and they are stories that prove these students will be film-makers to watch.”
— Dr Will Tosh, Head of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe
Watch the short films
“One word I’d use to describe GASP! is light-hearted! It has a good balance of drama and comedy, because of that it can appeal to a range of viewers, which is cool. At its core it’s about human experiences wrapped into unpredictable situations“
— Nireliain Mukoko, Writer & Director
“I think that art can only stay as relevant as we enable it to – and allowing these works to exist in these fresh and exciting contexts is the best way to honour the progressive, challenging work that first debuted at Shakespeare’s Globe.“
— James Hartley, Writer & Director
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE!
“the film explores identity and self-expression through experimenting with one’s appearance. I hope people can relate to the themes of identity and the uncomfortable feeling that you must change for other people.”
— Claudia Vogt, Writer & Director
“Hopefully Wicked Dreams captures even a fragment of these important ideas that Shakespeare grappled with“
— Pablo Tranchell, Director
“The baseline of the story is: if you’re going to keep on calling me a monster, then I’ll just become one”
— Adriana Carlot, Writer & Director
Lost From Sea