the first public screening of two new short films inspired by ShakespeareThere is a severe lack of women in the filmmaking industry. If women's voices are to be heard, then they need to be the ones telling the stories. And what better stories are there than Shakespeare's tales? Shakespeare’s Sisters is a special event combining the first public screening of two new short films inspired by Shakespeare and created by two female filmmaking teams. The screenings will be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion on the relationship between Shakespeare, women and cinema.
- Marina and Adrienne (15)
Set at sea, runaway lovers find themselves in the eye of a storm, where childbirth, death and superstition are challenged by the power of love. Marina and Adrienne is inspired by Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Written and directed by Lucy Campbell; produced by Loran Dunn.
- Wyrdoes (12A)
Three sisters – Elsab, Magrit and Merope – battle through poverty and rumours that they’re witches just because they’re a little ‘wyrd'. Through accidental tragedy, murder and war, the downtrodden Wyrdoes finally fight back. Wyrdoes is a comedy inspired by Macbeth.
Written and directed by Nat Luurtsema. Produced by Jennifer Eriksson and Iona Westlake.
- Lucy Campbell: director of Marina and Adrienne
- Nat Luurtsema: director of Wyrdoes
- Prof. Carol Rutter: University of Warwick's specialist in Women And Shakespeare In Performance)
- Beth Webb: programmer of Bechdel Test Fest – an ongoing celebration of positive female representation in film
- Moderator: Ian Haydn Smith
This event is part of Film London and the British Council’s Shakespeare’s Sister initiative designed to give voice to underrepresented female creatives as part of Shakespeare400 – this year’s programme of events to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The two short films were chosen following an intensive selection process which saw some 265 applications and a shortlist of six projects.