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Drama, Period and Historical, Romance
What may have been Shakespeare's last play is also one of his most mystical, and has attracted some unusual film treatments. This version turns the male sorcerer Prospero into a woman called Prospera and uses CGI to show us the magic. The story remains the same - a ship is wrecked off a mysterious island and the survivors have unsettling encounters with the few inhabitants, not knowing that one of them is responsible for the disaster. For those that find Shakespeare challenging, the film's special effects, familiar actors and Russell Brand's clowning around will offer a refreshing route in to understanding the playwright's work.
A film guide that looks at Shakespeare In Love (1998), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
This resource provides a range of activities based on the 1908 silent adaptation of the play.
Extraordinary, Oscar-winning fantasy animated film from Japan following the down-the-rabbit-hole adventures of a young girl named Chihiro.
7+ years 125 mins
Loud and colourful adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play about two star-crossed lovers from bitterly feuding families.
11+ years 115 mins
Classic sci-fi movie with an ahead-of-its-time electronic soundtrack about a rescue team that arrives on a distant planet in search of lost humans.
11+ years 94 mins
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To mark the 400th anniversary of his death, we supported the production of Shakespeare-inspired youth-made shorts as part of our See It, Make It programme.
Reading time 8 mins
Freelance writer and filmmaker James Clarke explains just why Shakespeare's plays have such a long and varied history of big screen adaptations.
Reading time 5 mins
Golden Globe Award-winner Sir Ian McKellen talks Shakespeare on Screen in support of the BFI theme
Reading time 5 mins
English teacher Kate Rooney discusses the benefits of the Teach First programme and explains how and why she introduced film into her teaching practises.
Reading time 4 mins
We're celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death through events, screenings, resources, and more.
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