Speaking Daggers premiere and panel – Shakespeare Republic

Target audience: Years 8-12, Teachers, Community


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.

The bring to life the themes the Bard explored 400 years ago, which echo today in issues such as cyberbullying and online shaming.

This exciting short film, suitable for students in years 8 -12, teachers and the community, is a stand-alone piece created for our Arts Learning Festival. The cast includes some of our Australia’s best talent: Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Billy Smedley, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Faran Martin, Scott Major and Jaron Natoli.

You’ll be able to attend the premiere of the film, followed by a panel discussion with some members of the cast, creator/director Sally McLean and producer Bill Smedley, at 10 am on Wednesday 3 May at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square.

You can read more about Speaking Daggers in our interview with Sally McLean.