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Loud, colourful, fast and frantic, this adaptation of Shakespeare's tale of star crossed lovers is about as far from traditional theatre as you could imagine. Played by Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes, the young couple at the centre of the story must still overcome their families' bitter feuding in order to be together, but now they do so in violent Verona Beach, Florida, a place where swords have been replaced by guns, and where their soundtrack is blazing rock music.
Fun and thought provoking activities to support a visit to the Into Film Festival to view a film from the Game Changers strand.
Explore character, meaning and interpretation through clips from Romeo & Juliet
A film guide that looks at Romeo + Juliet (1996), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Romeo and Juliet (1968), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Shakespeare In Love (1998), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at The Tempest (2010), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Spectacular modern musical with glittering costumes and amazing dance sequences, using contemporary pop hits.
11+ years 122 mins
The "Scottish Play" becomes a Japanese film as Shakespeare's drama of murderous ambition, Macbeth, is adapted by master director Akira Kurosawa.
14+ years 105 mins
Daring, powerful adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, which restyles the vicious king into a 1930s fascist dictator.
14+ years 99 mins
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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
Shakespeare's plays lend themselves brilliantly to film adaptations - but what sort of films might The Bard be making himself if were alive in 2017?
Reading time 8 mins
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