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)
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
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, 2017
UK PREMIERE SCREENING:
The Shakespeare Film Festival, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK - Saturday, September 23, 2017
US PREMIERE SCREENING:
Peak City International Film Festival, North Carolina, USA - Saturday, November 18, 2017
FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Speaking Daggers made its film festival debut as an official selection for the 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon on September 23rd, 2017. Judged by the official Jury, headed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, Speaking Daggers reached Finalist stage with a “Highly Commended” status and screened as part of the Filming Shakespeare: Crossing Borders showcase at the historic New Place, the last home of William Shakespeare. The film then made it’s USA film festival premiere as an Official Selection at the Peak City International Film Festival over the weekend of November 17-19, 2017 in North Carolina, USA, where it won the Best Short Film Award for the festival, with it’s second US Festival appearance as an official selection for Anglicon’s Anglophile Film Festival in Washington (which celebrates the UK and Commonwealth’s screen culture) in December 2017 and has been officially selected and nominated for screening at the International Short Film Festival Beveran in Flanders, Belgium.