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Shakespeare on Film

Shakespeare on Film

Season

Please note: this season finished in June 2016

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, yet has inspired more films than any other writer. His influence on cinema has been profound, and in turn cinema has wholly transformed access to his work.

Every Sunday at noon throughout June, we’ll be screening classic film adaptations exploring the influence of the playwright’s life, work and legacy on cinema. From legendary German stage director Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s lavish 1935 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sun 5 June); Roman Polanski’s anarchic, visceral no-holds-barred adaptation of Macbeth (Sun 12 June); Derek Jarman’s terrifically evocative, homoerotic adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest (Sun 19 June); to Akira Kurosawa’s undoubted masterpiece Ran (Sun 26 June) and its famous interpretation of the Bard’s King Lear.

In addition to the Sunday Brunch screenings we also have a rare screening of 1917 silent film Amleto (Thu 23 June 18:00) with a live accompaniment and introduction by Film Historian Luke McKernan, presented in partnership with South West Silents. And in May we play host to a special screening of Henry V (Fri 27 May 18:15) followed by a satellite Q&A with one of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed talents Kenneth Branagh broadcast live from Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre. Let's step once more into the breach, dear friends.

Explore Shakespeare in Bristol this summer with us and Bristol Shakespeare Festival - how many famous Bristol locations can you spot in this video?

Part of BFI presents Shakespeare on Film programme.

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In collaboration with Bristol Shakespeare Festival.

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Tickets: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions and 24 and under. Sunday screenings ticket holders get £1.00 off meals over £7.00 in the Café/Bar on the same day with your ticket.

Image: Akira Kurosawa's Ran


Previous screenings & events in this season

Ran  12A  S Shakespeare on Film

Ran
Please note: This was screened in June 2016
Film
Akira Kurosawa's famous interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear as a jidaigeki epic was at the time of its release the most expensive Japanese film ever produced and remains an undoubted masterpiece of world cinema.

Amleto with Live Score + Q&A  U   Shakespeare on Film

Amleto
Please note: This was screened in June 2016
Film
The 1917 silent film Amleto (The Italian name for Hamlet) is regarded as one of the best Shakespeare films. Don’t miss this very rare screening of one of the cinema’s most celebrated adaptations of one Shakespeare most vital plays - with live piano accompaniment by composer Neil Brand, followed by a Q&A with film historian Luke McKernan.

The Tempest  15   Shakespeare on Film

The Tempest
Please note: This was screened in June 2016
Film
Brooding and darkly laden with symbolic imagery, Derek Jarman’s terrific, homoerotic adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen.

Macbeth  15   Shakespeare on Film

Macbeth
Please note: This was screened in June 2016
Film
A must-see for fans of both the Bard and this thrillingly bold director, Roman Polanksi’s first film following the murder of his wife Sharon Tate was an atmospheric and gripping tale of ruthless ambition and inner turmoil that is among the most stark and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

A Midsummer Night's Dream  U   Shakespeare on Film

Midsummer’s Night Dream
Please note: This was screened in June 2016
Film
Warner Brothers imported the legendary German stage director Max Reinhardt to mount this lavish 1935 production, with co-director William Dieterle providing the cinematic know-how.

Kenneth Branagh Satellite Q&A + Henry V  PG   Shakespeare on Film

HENRY V (1989) \ Kenneth Branagh event
Please note: This event took place in May 2016
Event
Kenneth Branagh will discuss (live via Satellite from Belfast) his life and work in the context of his Shakespeare films with Adrian Wootton, followed by a screening of his award-winning adaptation of Henry V.