SPEAKING DAGGERS (Short Film) (2017, Australia)

Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted & Directed by Sally McLean, Produced by Sally McLean & Billy Smedley


Love and revenge over coffee and cakes.

Eight Shakespeare characters. Five different plays. One café. This is Speaking Daggers.

Eight people enjoy a fine Spring day at an outdoor café. At first glance, it could be a scene from anywhere in the modern world until they begin to speak. Eight characters from five different Shakespeare plays discuss love, revenge, deceit and power in overheard conversations, set against the backdrop of coffee, cakes and waitresses in crisp white shirts.

“I will speak daggers …” – Hamlet

Speaking Daggers is an extension of the web series, Shakespeare Republic, set in the same world as Season Two, but created as a new stand-alone piece to be screened at the 2017 Arts Learning Festival


Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Scott Major, Sally McLean, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli and Billy Smedley


Arts Learning Festival, Cinema One, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne - Wednesday, May 3.  BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE (includes Q&A with Director and Cast)

For more information about this project, please visit the Official Speaking Daggers Site here.