Shakespeare Lives, 4 films, 4 cities

People who love Shakespeare and films enjoyed the screening of four films on Shakespeare in four cities as part of the Shakespeare Lives Programme in 2016.

The British Council’s film team has joined forces with the British Film Institute (BFI) and other partners to devise a touring programme of British film adaptations of Shakespeare. The British Council in Turkey worked with the Ankara Film Festival to showcase the films in May and will work with  Başka Sinema to showcase a more extended selection from the list on 8 September. 

The one-day Shakespeare film event ran in four different movie theatres in four different cities: Istanbul Uniq (open air theatre), Bursa Nilüfer Belediyesi, Eskişehir Odunpazari YKSM and Antalya Plaza Sineması on 8 September. 

The screening will run as below:

Movie theatres film programme (8 SEptember 2016)

Bursa Nilüfer Belediyesi Konak Kültürevi 

Richard III (104')

Much Ado About Nothing (111')

Macbeth (113')

Maxine Peake's Hamlet (193')
Eskişehir Odunpazarı Belediyesi Yunus Emre Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi  12.00
Richard III (104')
Much Ado About Nothing (111')

Macbeth (113')

Maxine Peake's Hamlet (193')

Antalya Plaza Sineması 14.30 
Richard III (104')

Much Ado About Nothing (111')

Macbeth (113')
Maxine Peake's Hamlet (193')
İstanbul Uniq İst. (Open Air) 20.00
Maxine Peake's Hamlet (193') (There will be a shuttle service after the film to transport the guests from Uniq to İTÜ Ayazağa metro station, every 5 minutes between 23.00-24.00)

Four Films:

Open air film:

  • Maxine Peake’s Hamlet

The screenings were free of charge and open everyone. 

About Shakespeare Lives

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. British Council acts as a link between British artists and local institutions and collaborates with local partners to present films from the UK.

About the films:

Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993)

111 mins / colour / Cert: PG

Featuring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Imelda Staunton

This witty and fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a testament to Kenneth

Branagh’s extensive creative abilities, as well as arguably one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever filmed. The cinematography accentuates the lush Tuscan landscape in which Branagh as the humorous Benedick, and Emma Thompson, as the wilful and challenging Beatrice, bring this adaptation to life.

Richard III (Richard Loncraine, 1995)

104 mins / colour / Cert: 15

Featuring: Sir Ian McKellen, Robert Downey Jr., Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent

Shakespeare’s immortal tale of ambition, lust and murderous treachery is brilliantly modernised in this riveting 20th Century masterpiece. Adapted from the critically acclaimed stage production, this sees Ian McKellen as a weaselly Royal usurper. The setting is a comic-book vision of 1930s London: part-art deco, part-Third Reich, part-industrial-age rust and rot. Based on the stage version by Richard Eyre.

Maxine Peak’s Hamlet (Margaret Williams, 2015)

Part 1: 123 mins Part 2: 70 mins Plus 15 minutes interval

“A milestone Hamlet” – Manchester Evening News “Maxine Peake’s performance is fresh, angry… full of oomph” The Times

Shakespeare’s most iconic work explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. From its ground-breaking, sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet, with BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. Shot creatively with eight cameras ‘in the round’ Hamlet captures the spirit of the play to create a visceral and cinematic experience.

Macbeth (Justin Kurzel, 2015)

113 mins / colour / Cert: 15

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire.

A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, this is a story of all consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland.

Featuring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard