Festival accolade for Speaking Daggers

Speaking Daggers, the short film created for the Arts Learning Festival, has been recognised by the Shakespeare Film Festival in the United Kingdom.

The film, created by the Shakespeare Republic ensemble, has received a ‘Highly Commended’ award from the festival’s judges, headed by legendary Shakespearian actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh.

The film will also officially screen during the festival, which is held in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

In what will be the first festival showing of the film, Speaking Daggers will screen on Saturday, 23 September as part of the Filming Shakespeare: Crossing Borders short film section of the festival.

Speaking Daggers brings five Shakespeare plays to life in the very Melbourne setting of an outdoor cafe.

The film is a series of vignettes of conversations, monologue and song performed by eight actors and taken from five Shakespeare plays – Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV: Part 1, Othello, Twelfth Night and Measure For Measure.

Created by Sally McLean of Shakespeare Republic, the film is part of a project to make The Bard fun and accessible for young people.

During the festival, the film premiered at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, followed by a panel discussion with the cast and crew, as well as a performance of the song created for the film, O, Mistress Mine, by Jaron Natoli.

The cast also includes Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Billy Smedley, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Faran Martin and Scott Major.