SPEAKING DAGGERS (Short Film) (2017, Australia)

Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted & Directed by Sally McLean, Produced by Sally McLean & Billy Smedley
STATUS: COMPLETED & RELEASED (CURRENTLY ON FESTIVAL CIRCUIT)

Synopsis

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 for the 2017 Arts Learning Festival

STARRING:

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

PREMIERE SCREENING:

Arts Learning Festival, Cinema One, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

 

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS:

Winner:  Best Short Film – 2017 Peak City International Film Festival (USA)
Highly Commended: Best Film Inspired By Shakespeare – 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (UK)

FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS:

Nominated: Best Short Film (International) – 2018 Brazil International Film Festival (Brazil)
Finalist: 
Best Short Film (Drama) – 2017 International Short Film Festival Kolkata (India)
Finalist:  
Best Short Film – 2017 Peak City International Film Festival (USA)
Nominated:  
Best Drama – 2017 International Short Film Festival Beveran (Belgium)
Finalist:  
Best Film Inspired By Shakespeare – 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (UK)

FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

2018 Portugal International Film Festival (Portugal)
2018 Germany International Film Festival (Germany)
2018 10th SBE Hamilton International Film Festival (USA)
2018 Noosa International Film Festival (Australia)
2018 Berlin International CineFest (Germany)
2018 Auckland International Film Festival (New Zealand)
2018 St Kilda Film Festival (Australia)
2018 High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
2018 Brazil International Film Festival (Brazil)
2018 Unrestricted View Film Festival (UK)
2018 Riverside Short Film Festival (USA)
2018 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival (UK)
2017 International Short Film Festival Kolkata (India)
2017 AngliCON Film Festival (USA)
2017 International Short Film Festival Beveran (Belgium)
2017 Peak City International Film Festival (USA)
2017 Shakespeare Film Festival, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (UK)

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