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SHAKESPEARE ON FILM SERIES

The Harlem Shakespeare Festival is a subsidiary of Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved © 2011-2013

film festival curated by Tony Howard

presented in partnership with

New Heritage Films/Harlemwood Film Festival

& The Royal Shakespeare Company

 

My Image Studios Theater

46 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10026

VIDEO TRAILER & PHOTOS

5/22

MON

7:00PM

OTHER FESTIVAL EVENTS

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NARRATIVE // FEATURE

 

Release Year: 2012

Runtime: 129 Minutes

Directed By: Gregory Doran

Country: UK

 

Tickets: $12 includes glass of wine

JULIUS CAESAR

FILM SYNOPSIS

 

Set in a modern African state, this fast-moving political thriller is a vivid portrayal of a struggle for democracy and also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence as the tyrant Caesar is about to seize power.

 

The film includes the original distinguished cast of black actors including Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Adjoa Andoh as Portia and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar, and was shot by Illuminations on location and also in the theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for this screen version. In addition, the DVD includes The Making of Julius Caesar documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

 

 

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SPECIAL FEATURE ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE FILM

CREATED FOR THE HARLEM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

By GREGORY DORAN

 

The idea for setting Shakespeare's Roman play in Africa was inspired by Nelson Mandela. One of his fellow inmates on Robben Island had a copy of Shakespeare's plays. Mandela found inspiration in Julius Caesar, and autographed lines from the play.  

 

I then discovered that the play had been performed all over Africa.  Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, had translated it into Swahili, and Sol Plaatje, one of the founders of what would become the ANC, the African National Congress, had rendered it into Tswana. I found  that fascinating. Why did this play speak so profoundly to that continent? The great South African actor, John Kani put it succinctly when he told me, "It's simple Greg, Julius Caesar is Shakespeare's African play".

 

We put this production together for the World Shakespeare Festival, to coincide with the London Olympics in 2012, and opened it in Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare's home town. It subsequently played London, toured the UK and visited Moscow and New York. We were lucky enough to film the play for the BBC. The private "backstage" conspiracy scenes were filmed on location, and the public scenes, the opening and the forum scene, were filmed live in Stratford in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Our location was a derelict Chinese supermarket in North London, which had to stand in for Africa. But it allowed us to find vivid modern settings for many of the scenes, including an escalator for the assassination of Caesar.

 

There are lines which Cassius says after Caesar's death which find particular resonance here:

 

                                                    “How many ages hence

                                                    Shall this our lofty scene be acted oe'r

                                                    In states unborn and accents yet unknown".

 

                                                    We sent Mandela a copy of the film.

 

                                                    Gregory Doran

                                                    Artistic Director

                                                    Royal Shakespeare Company

SCREENING

 

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015 || 7:00PM

My Image Studios Theater

46 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10026

 

DINNER and WINE AVAILABLE

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CAST & CREDITS

 

Cast (in credits order)  

Theo Affail ... Citizen

Segun Akingbola ... Trebonius

Adjoa Andoh ... Portia

Mark Ebulue ... Artemidoris

Ray Fearon ... Mark Antony

Ricky Fearon ... Cicero

Andrew French ... Decius Brutus

Marcus Griffiths       ... Marullus

Ivanno Jeremiah ... Octavius

Paterson Joseph ... Brutus

Jeffery Kissoon ... Julius Caesar

Samantha Lawton ... Caesar's Servant

Simon Manyonda ... Lucius

Joseph Mydell ... Casca

Cyril Nri                 ... Cassius

Ann Ogbomo ... Calpurnia

Theo Ogundipe ... Soothsayer

Jude Owusu Achiaw     ... Cinna the poet

Mark Theodore       ... Metellus Cimber

Ewart James Walters   ... Caius Ligarius

Chinna Wodu       ... Cinna the conspirator

 

 

Director: Gregory Doran

Producer(s): Kate Cook [associate producer]; John Wyver [ producer]

Editor:  Trevor Waite

Film Editor:Trevor Waite

Casting: Hannah Miller, Janine Snape

Cinematographer: Steve Lawes

Production Desiger Michael Vale

Art Direction by Sarah Pasquali, Matilda Wainwright

Costume Design by Alistair McArthur

Makeup Department

Sandra Smith ... head of wigs

Carol Tucker ... makeup designer

Maria Zimmerman  ...     assistant makeup artist

 

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Kristian Dench ...       first assistant director

Kate Harris ... second assistant director

Chris Judd ... third assistant director

 

Art Department

Abigail Cawthray... art department assistant

Garry Dawson ... property master

Joe Lucas ... set dresser

Hannah Spice ... property buyer

Stuart Walpole ... standby props Sound Department

Jennifer Annor ... sound assistant

Tom Harrison ... boom operator

Gareth John ... sound recordist

Karl Mainzer ... sound re-recording mixer

Jamie McPhee        ... sound effects editor

Jeff Richardson       ... dialogue editor Special Effects by

Peter Haran ... special effects supervisor

Jack Whinnett ... special effects assistant

 

 

 

Camera and Electrical Department

Amos Bowler ... grip trainee

Paul Brown ... electrician

Tobias Eedy ... focus puller

Arie Esiri ... camera trainee

Gabriel Hyman  ...   second assistant camera

Tony Kelly ... rigger

Ellie Kurttz ... still photographer

Paul Murphy ... best boy

Dave Owen ... electrician

Nick Rankin ... gaffer

Gareth Viner ... grip

 

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Viveene Campbell... wardrobe assistant

Nicola Fitchett ... assistant costume designer

Heidi Miller ... costume supervisor

 

Editorial Department

Paul Ensby ... colorist

Steven Forrester... first assistant editor

Sion Penny ... on-line editor

 

Transportation Department

Simon Dennis ... unit driver Other crew

Emily Cecil ... production assistant

Will Gibbons ... rushes runner

Blandine Grimaldi... floor runner

Sylvia Parker ... script supervisor

Martin Scanlan ... digital imaging technician

Karen Taylor ... production coordinator

 

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