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From the makers of the award-winning web series, Shakespeare Republic

Eight Shakespeare characters. Five different plays.

This is Speaking Daggers.

A film by Sally McLean for Independent Schools Victoria in conjunction with Incognita Enterprises for the 2017 Arts Learning Festival

Speaking Daggers Trailer

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Speaking Daggers made its film festival debut as an official selection for the 2017 Shakespeare Film Festival run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon on September 23rd, 2017. Judged by the official Jury, headed by Sir Kenneth BranaghSpeaking Daggers reached Finalist stage with a “Highly Commended” status and screened as part of the Filming Shakespeare: Crossing Borders showcase at the historic New Place, the last home of William Shakespeare.

The film then made it’s USA film festival premiere as an Official Selection at the Peak City International Film Festival over the weekend of November 17-19, 2017 in North Carolina, USA, where it won the Best Short Film Award for the festival.  Since then, the film has been officially selected for thirteen international film festivals to date, making it’s Australian Film Festival premiere as an official selection for the iconic St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and with it’s next festival screening and German Premiere as an official selection for the Berlin International Cinefest in August 2018.

LEAD PRODUCTION TEAM

Sally McLean – Director/Writer/ Producer

Billy Smedley – Executive Producer

Shaun Herbertson – Cinematographer

Thanassi Panagiotaras – Editor/Colourist

Eleanora Steiner – Production Designer

Tim McCormick – Sound Designer/Editor

Rob MacKenzie – First Assistant Director

Paulie King – Head of Make Up

FULL CREW LIST

Produced by Incognita Enterprises & Independent Schools Victoria
Producers: Sally McLean & Billy Smedley
Written & Directed by Sally McLean
Cinematographer: Shaun Herbertson
Editor & Colourist: Thanassi Panagiotaras
First AD: Rob MacKenzie
Second AD: Jordan MacKenzie
Production Design: Eleanora Steiner
Sound Mixer & Editor: Tim McCormick
First Camera Assist: Marcus Cropp
Second Camera Assist: Sean McFadyen
Sound Recordist: Abramo Peghini
Make Up: Paulie King & April Munro
Stills Camera: Christoph Ziegenhardt
Unit Manager: Marg Woodlock-McLean
Catering: Amanda Hudson
Production Assistant: Nikolas Morris
Filmed on location at Toorak College​, Mt Eliza

“O, MISTRESS MINE” MUSIC VIDEO

We are delighted to share with you this music video for the song “O Mistress Mine” from the soundtrack of the film, composed and performed by Melbourne musician Jaron Natoli, who also played “The Troubadour” in the film.

Featured in the music video are “Speaking Daggers” cast members Christopher Kirby as “Benedick”, Sally McLean as “Beatrice”, Scott Major as “Falstaff” and Billy Smedley as “Prince Hal”, along with Taylah McLean and Jemma Cuff-Jones as “The Girls/Muses”. 

O, Mistress Mine had its international film festival debut as an official selection for the  2017 Queen City Film Festival in Maryland, USA on October 5th. The song then went onto make Semi-Finalist level (out of over 16,000 entries) in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA.
O, Mistress Mine had its international film festival debut as an official selection for the 2017 Queen City Film Festival in Maryland, USA on October 5th. The song then went onto make Semi-Finalist level (out of over 16,000 entries) in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA.
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O, Mistress Mine – music by Jaron Natoli with lyrics by William Shakespeare.

Produced by Incognita Enterprises
Directed & Edited by Sally McLean
Cinematographer: Shaun Herbertson
Production Design: Eleanora Steiner
Sound Recordist & Mixer: Tim McCormick
Audio Mastering by John Ruberto
Make Up: Jo Fletcher (Music Video)
Make Up: Paulie King & April Munro (Film segments)
Colourist: Thanassi Panagiotaras
Unit Manager: Marg Woodlock-McLean
Filmed on location at Toorak College​, Mt Eliza


  • … it’s lucky film and theatre aficionado Sally McLean has a passion for the Bard’s work … Speaking Daggers  shows the best of Shakespeare.

    – Be Melbourne


  • … a fantastic introduction to Australian theatrical output as tool-for-education … Speaking Daggers  was a shining example.

    – The Plus Ones

 I will speak daggers … 

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

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