SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC (Web Series) (2015-2019, Australia)

Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted & Directed by Sally McLean, Produced by Sally McLean & Billy Smedley, Co-Produced by Shane Savage & Perri Cummings
STATUS: SEASON ONE: COMPLETE / SEASON TWO: COMPLETE & ON FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT / SEASON THREE: IN DEVELOPMENT

SEASON ONE & TWO LAURELS

Shakespeare Republic: Season One Trailer

Shakespeare Republic: Season Two Trailer

Synopsis

Shakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning web series celebrating not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human.

Built on the premise of taking a selection of Shakespeare monologues and making them more accessible to modern audiences by setting each piece in a contemporary situation, our award-winning first season in 2015, staring Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel included Hamlet as Media Advisor to a Government Minister, Juliet as one half of a same-sex couple in a Skype conversation, Phebe as an entitled Gen Y drunk texting, Macbeth as a politician about to metaphorically knife an opponent, a female Hamlet weary from the corporate cut and thrust and a performance of Sonnet 18 as a eulogy.

With Season One officially selected for 31 international film festivals and the winner of 9 awards, Shakespeare Republic returned to screens with Season Two of the web series, as well as staging our first live show to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in December 2016. Season Three is currently in development.

Season Two features Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Stephen Costan, Alan Fletcher (Neighbours), Nadine Garner (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Dean Haglund (The X-Files), Christopher Kirby (Iron Sky, Star Wars: Episode III), Sally McLean (Utopia), Tariro MavondoWahibe Moussa (Kick), Falon RyanShane Savage (Chris & Josh The Web Series), Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) and Phoebe Anne Taylor. The second season has been officially selected for over 50 international film festivals, been nominated over 70 times and won 19 awards to date.

Full info on the series here: http://www.shakespearerepublic.com

Reviews

"... this polished, beautifully made series from director/producer Sally McLean
... a fine use of the platform and, more importantly, a very fine adaptation of the Bard
... Shakespeare Republic is put together with grace and wit.
An assortment of actors do terrific work making the (non-dumbed down)
dialogue accessible, prying it open with great care and skill."
THE GUARDIAN

“... taking the world by storm, done in an inventive, captivating way ...
the entire series is astonishingly smart.”
STAREABLE.COM

“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.”
THE SHAKESPEARE BLOG

"... incredibly clever and highly addictive ..."
MADE IN MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

“This is a wonderful series ... perfect to just dip in and out of whenever you feel
the need to watch some Shakespeare. It is funny, emotional, and thought- provoking ...”
BOOKS BY THE WINDOW

"... beautifully produced soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous characters,
interpreted by a wide range of talented actors."
SHAKESPEARE TWENTYSCORE

“... magnificent interpretations of some of Shakepeare's most well known
monologues and soliloques filmed gorgeously in contemporary settings.”
THEATRE PEOPLE

“... a thoroughly fresh and modern take.”
KURIOSITAS.COM

"... a fantastic  way to take a dip in the Shakespearean swimming pool."
RADIO GIRL PRODUCTIONS

“Shakespeare Things To Do This Week #7 Watch Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher as Macbeth
in this Shakespeare Republic video.”
SHAKESPEARE MAGAZINE

AWARDS & SCREENINGS

SEASON TWO

Ranked #14 out of 500+ web series in the world and #3 in Australia (2017 Web Series World Cup)

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS:

Winner: Best Male Lead In A Web Series (Christopher Kirby) – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Winner: Best Digital Series (Director: Sally McLean) – 60th CINE Golden Eagle Awards (2017) (USA)
Winner: Best Cinematography (Shaun Herbertson) – 2017 Sicily Web Fest (Italy)
Winner: Best Hair & Make Up (Taryn & Joel Gionis, Jo Fletcher, Paulie King, Armanda Pozzetto & Jamie Hannah) – 2017 Tuscany Web Fest (Italy)
Winner: Special Jury Award – 2017 Portugal International Film Festival (Portugal)
Winner: EnsembleAmets Award (Best Ensemble, Selección Amets) – 2017 Bilbao Seriesland (Spain)
Winner: Best Original Idea – 2017 Rio WebFest (Brazil)
Winner: Best Actor in a Drama (Christopher Kirby) – 2017 Baltimore New Media WebFest (USA)
Winner: Best Web Series – 2017 12 Months Film Festival (Romania)
Winner: Best TV & Web Series – 2018 Canada Independent Film Festival (Canada)
Winner: Best Web Series – 2018 London Cinematic International Film Festival (UK)
Winner: Best Actor (Christopher Kirby) – 2018 Lit On Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Budget Under $10,000 – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Dramatic Web Series – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Winner: Outstanding Drama Series – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Winner: Best Web Series (All Genres) – 2018 Asia Web Awards (Korea)
Winner: Best Ensemble Cast (Series) – 2019 London International Motion Pictures Awards (UK)
Winner: Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2019 Côte d’Azur Webfest (France)
Winner: Best Dramatic Web Series – 2019 Côte d’Azur Webfest (France)

FILM FESTIVAL/INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Nominated: Best Australian Drama – 2017 Melbourne WebFest (AUS)
Nominated: 
Best Drama – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Cinematographer (Shaun Herbertson) – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Editing (Thanassi Panagiotaras & Sally McLean) – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Male Lead In A Web Series (Christopher Kirby) – 2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Drama – 2017 Baja WebFest (Mexico)
Nominated: Best International Cinematography (Shaun Herbertson) – 2017 Miami Web Fest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Editing (Sally McLean & Thanassi Panagiotaras) – 2017 Miami Web Fest (USA)
Nominated: Best Amets Series (TopAmets) – 2017 Bilbao Seriesland (Spain)
Nominated: 
Best Ensemble (EnsembleAmets) – 2017 Bilbao Seriesland (Spain)
Nominated: Best Drama – 2017 Minnesota WebFest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Performance (Christopher Kirby) – 2017 Minnesota WebFest (USA)
Finalist: Best Web Series – 2017 ATOM Awards (Australia)
Nominated: 
Best Ensemble (Drama) – 2017 International Academy of Web Television Awards (USA)
Nominated: 
Best Sound (Tim McCormick) – 2017 International Academy of Web Television Awards (USA)
Nominated: Best Original Idea – 2017 Rio Web Fest (Brazil)
Nominated: Best Drama – 2017 Roma Web Fest (Italy)
Nominated: 
Best Director (International Narrative) (Sally McLean) – 2017 New Zealand WebFest (NZ)
Nominated: 
Best Narrative Show (International) – 2017 New Zealand WebFest (NZ)
Nominated: 
Best Drama – 2017 UK WebFest (UK)
Nominated: 
Best International – 2017 UK WebFest (UK)
Nominated: 
Best Production – 2017 UK WebFest (UK)
Nominated:
 Best Web Series – 2017 NYC WebFest (USA)
Nominated: 
Best International – 2017 NYC WebFest (USA)
Nominated:
 Best Web Series – 2017 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards (AUS)
Nominated: Best Writer (Sally McLean) – 2017 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards (AUS)
Nominated: Best Producer (Sally McLean) – 2017 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards (AUS)
Nominated: Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2017 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards (AUS)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2017 12 Months Film Festival (Romania)
Nominated: Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2017 International Online Web Fest Awards (UK)
Nominated: Best Sound Design (Tim McCormick) – 2017 International Online Web Fest Awards (UK)
Nominated: Best Drama – 2018 Vancouver WebFest (Canada)
Nominated: Best Screenplay (Sally McLean) – 2018 Vancouver WebFest (Canada)
Nominated: Best Original Score (Jordan Ross) – 2018 Vancouver WebFest (Canada)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2018 Widescreen Film Festival (USA)
Nominated: Outstanding Direction in a Drama (Sally McLean) – 2018 LA WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama (Shaun Herbertson – Season One & Two / Yanni Dellaportas – Season One) – 2018 LA WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Outstanding Sound Design in a Drama (Tim McCormick) – 2018 LA WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Awards (USA)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2018 London Cinematic International Film Festival (UK)
Nominated: Best No Budget Short – 2018 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (Wales) (“Beatrice” Episode)
Finalist: Best Web Series – 2018 Ozflix Independent Film Awards (Australia)
Nominated: Best International Web Series – 2018 Pilot Light TV Festival (UK)
Nominated: Best Female Director Fiction (Sally McLean) – 2018 Cardiff Mini Film Festival (Wales) (“Thomas More” Episode)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2018 TERMINUS Conference + Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Dramatic Web Series – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Director – Drama (Sally McLean) – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Cinematography (Shaun Herbertson) – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Budget Under $10,000 – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Ensemble Cast – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Lead Actor (Christopher Kirby) – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Lead Actress (Sally McLean) – 2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Actor In a Drama, Thriller or Sci-Fi (Christopher Kirby) – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Director in a Drama, Thriller or Sci-Fi (Sally McLean) – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Cinematography – Drama, Thriller or Sci-Fi (Shaun Herbertson) – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama, Thriller or Sci-Fi – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Series Premise – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Editing (Thanassi Panagiotara & Sally McLean) – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Outstanding Drama Series – 2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
Nominated: Best Music (Jordan Ross) – 2018 Asia Web Awards (South Korea)
Nominated: Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2018 Asia Web Awards (South Korea)
Nominated: Best Lead Actress (Sally McLean) – 2018 Asia Web Awards (South Korea)
Nominated: Best Drama Series – 2018 Asia Web Awards (South Korea)
Nominated: Best Web Series (All Genres) – 2018 Asia Web Awards (South Korea)
Nominated: Best Dramatic Web Series – 2019 Côte d’Azur Webfest (France)
Nominated: Best Director – 2019 Côte d’Azur Webfest (France)
Finalist: Best Series – 2019 London International Motion Pictures Awards (UK)
Finalist: Best Ensemble Cast (Series) – 2019 London International Motion Pictures Awards (UK)

OFFICIAL SELECTION DIRECT ENTRY AWARDS:

2017 Tuscany Web Fest (from Austin WebFest)
2018 Asia Web Awards (from New Jersey WebFest)

FILM FESTIVAL/INDUSTRY AWARD OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

2017 St Kilda Film Festival (Australia) – Selected Australia’s Favourite Web Series
2017 Melbourne WebFest (Australia)
2017 Austin WebFest (USA)
2017 Sicily WebFest (Italy)
2017 Baja Web Fest (Mexico)
2017 60th CINE Golden Eagle Awards (USA)
2017 Tuscany WebFest (Italy)
2017 Miami Web Fest (USA)
2017 Bilbao Seriesland (Spain) – Selección Amets
2017 Portugal International Film Festival (Portugal)
2017 Minnesota WebFest (USA)
2017 International Online Web Fest (UK)
2017 Festival de Cine de Fuengirola (Spain)
2017 Shakespeare Film Festival (UK)
2017 ATOM Awards (Australia)
2017 Brooklyn Web Fest (USA)
2017 International Academy of Web Television Awards (USA)
2017 New Zealand Web Fest (NZ)
2017 Baltimore New Media Web Fest (USA)
2017 UK Web Fest (UK)
2017 NYC Web Fest (USA)
2017 Rio Web Fest (Brazil)
2017 Roma Web Fest (Italy)
2017 SoFloWebFest (USA)
2017 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards (AUS)
2017 Anglicon Film Festival (USA)
2017 12 Month Film Festival (Romania)
2018 Canada Independent Film Festival (Canada)
2018 River Film Festival (Italy)
2018 Vancouver WebFest (Canada)
2018 Widescreen Film Festival (USA)
2018 LA WebFest (USA)
2018 Brazil International Film Festival (Brazil)
2018 Manhattan Film Festival (USA)
2018 Carballo Interplay (Spain)
2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Awards (USA)
2018 London Cinematic International Film Festival (UK)
2018 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (Wales)
2018 Ozflix Independent Film Awards (Australia)
2018 Pilot Light TV Festival (UK)
2018 Underground Film Festival (Germany, USA & Africa)
2018 Short Cuts Film Festival (Australia)
2018 Cardiff Mini Film Festival (Wales)
2018 TERMINUS Conference + Festival (USA)
2018 New Jersey WebFest (USA)
2018 Festival Internacional de Series web de Medellín (FIS-MED) (Columbia)
2018 Realist WebFest (Russia)
2018 Web Series Festival (USA)
2018 Lit On Film Festival (USA)
2018 Asia Web Awards (Korea)
2019 Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival (USA)
2019 Côte d’Azur Webfest (France)
2019 London International Motion Pictures Awards (UK)
2019 Golden Hollywood International Film Festival (USA)

SEASON ONE

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS:

Winner: Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short (for Episode 6: Sonnet #18) – 2016 Peak City International Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Web Short (for Episode 6: Sonnet #18) – 2016 StoneFair International Film Festival (Romania)
Winner: Best Picture (Web Series) – 2016 Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Director (Sally McLean) – 2016 Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Cinematography (Shaun Herbertson) 
– 2016 Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Actor (Ben Steel) 
– 2016 Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
Winner: Best Web Series – March 2016 12 Month Film Festival (Romania)
Winner: Best Web/New Media – 2016 Los Angeles Cinefest (USA)
Winner: Shakespeare Shorts – November 2016 British Council Short Film Competition (UK)

FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS:

Finalist: Best Short New Media (Sally McLean, Episode 6: Sonnet #18) – 2017 Hollywood Screenings Film Festival (USA)
Nominated: Best Actress (Michala Banas) – 2016 Dublin WebFest (Ireland)
Nominated: Best Actor (Ben Steel) – 2015 International Online Web Awards (UK)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2015 Digimation Awards (USA)
Nominated: Best International Web Series – October 2015 Roma CinemaDOC (Italy)
Nominated: Best Web Series – 2015 Garden City International Film Festival (India)

FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

2017 Saigon Underground Film Festival (Vietnam)
2017 Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival (USA)
2017 Web Fest New York (USA)
2017 Hollywood Screenings Film Festival (USA)
2016 Made In Melbourne Film Festival (Australia)
2016 Dublin Web Fest (Ireland)
2016 Fisheye Film Festival (UK)
2016 Shakespeare Shorts British Council Short Film Competition (UK)
2016 Bucharest Short Cut Cine Fest (Romania)
2016 StoneFair International Film Festival (Romania)
2016 Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Festival (USA)
2016 Tea Break Film Festival (UK)
2016 Nightpiece International Film Festival (Scotland)
2016 Melbourne Web Fest, Spotlight on Melbourne Selection (Australia)
2016 Cameroon Underground FilmFest (Cameroon)
2016 Birmingham Underground FilmFest (USA)
2016 Near Nazareth Film Festival (Israel)
2016 River Film Festival (Italy)
2016 Los Angeles CineFest (USA)
2016 Unrestricted View Film Festival (UK)
2016 Indiepossible International Film Festival (USA)
2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia)
2016 Peak City International Film Festival (USA)
2016 12 Month Film Festival (Romania)
2016 Largo Film Awards (Switzerland)
2016 Sydney World Film Festival (Australia)
2015 Underground FilmFest (USA)
2015 DigitalMation Awards (USA)
2015 International Online WebFest (UK)
2015 Roma CinemaDOC (Italy)
2015 Garden City International Film Festival (India)


For more information about this project, please visit the Official Shakespeare Republic Site here.