Shakespeare on Film Season

16 June 2016
BFI presents Shakespeare On Film Season

It is a year of Shakespeare as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death. With a host of live performances and screenings, QUAD has put together a short season of some of the best adaptations and films that have been inspired by the works... 

Coriolanus (15)
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th September
UK   2011   123 mins
Dir: Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes made his directorial debut with his transposition of Shakespeare’s Rome set play to the mid-1990s Balkans, amid a chorus of television news pundits and up close and personal warfare. Fiennes takes the central role of banished hero Coriolanus among a strong supporting cast including Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, James Nesbit and Vanessa Redgrave.

All Night Long (15)
Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th September
UK   1962   91 mins
Dir: Basil Dearden

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello updates the tale to 1960s Britain and brings the jazz greats of the day along for the ride. Aurelius Rex (Paul Harris) is happily married to Delia (Marti Stevens). Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) plays Johnny Cousin (this film’s Iago) who is scheming to steal Rex’s job and starts to spread rumours of Delia’s unfaithfulness. Also starring Betsy Blair and Richard Attenborough, All Night Long is set against the jazz backdrop of Dave Brubeck, Charlie Mingus and many more.

King Lear (PG)
Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd September
UK   1970   134 mins
Dir: Peter Brook

Legendary stage director Peter Brook directs his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. King Lear (Paul Scofield), having decided to split his kingdom between his three daughters, decides to apportion the lands according to which daughter declaims her love for him best. When his daughter Cordelia refuses to flatter her father’s ego with claims of devotion, Lear angrily gives the lion’s share of his power to her sisters, Goneril and Regan. They soon abuse the trust, and Lear finds himself emasculated and powerless. Before long he is drifting into madness, as his former empire falls apart.

Theatre Of Blood (15)
Friday 23rd September at 8:30pm
UK   1973   104 mins
Dir: Douglas Hickox

Edward Lionheart is a classic Shakespearian actor who snaps when the critics’ barbed comments about his performances wound him. He decides to wound them back and adds murder to his repertoire, exacting revenge on the critics in the manner of Shakespeare’s more gruesome death scenes! This screening will feature a duelling introduction by regular Fright Club host Darrell Buxton and director of 1623, Ben Spiller.

The Bad Sleep Well (PG) S
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 30th September
Japan   1960   129 mins
Dir: Akira Kurosawa

Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) is a grieving son seeking revenge for the suicide of his father. By assuming a new identity he rises through the ranks of the Public Corporation and cynically marries the president’s daughter to better infiltrate the company and expose the corrupt practice that was responsible for his father’s death. However as Koichi falls in love with his wife, disaster looms. A powerful indictment of the dark side of business and politics with distinct overtones of Hamlet.