FROM THE MAKERS OF THE AWARD-WINNING WEB SERIES
A new project from the Republic universe … Eight Shakespeare characters. Five different plays. This is Speaking Daggers. A Shakespeare film by Sally McLean for Independent Schools Victoria in conjunction with Incognita Enterprises for the 2017 Arts Learning Festival
ABOUT THE FILM
Love and revenge over coffee and cakes. Eight Shakespeare characters. Five different plays. One café. This is Speaking Daggers.
Eight people enjoy a fine day at an outdoor café. At first glance, it could be a scene from anywhere in the modern world until they begin to speak.
Eight characters from five different Shakespeare plays discuss love, revenge, deceit and power in overheard conversations, set against the backdrop of coffee, cakes and waitresses in crisp white shirts.
“I will speak daggers …” – Hamlet
Michala Banas as “Isabella”
Nadine Garner as “Emilia”
Christopher Kirby as “Benedick”
Sally McLean as “Beatrice”
Scott Major as “Falstaff”
Faran Martin as “Desdemona”
Jaron Natoli as “The Troubadour”
Billy Smedley as “Prince Hal”
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
SPEAKING DAGGERS ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT
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. Judged by the official Jury, headed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, Speaking 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 had its USA film festival premiere as an Official Selection at the 2018 Peak City International Film Festival in North Carolina, USA, where it won the Best Short Film Award. It had its German Premiere as an official selection for the 2018 Berlin International Cinefest, where it went on to win its second Best Short Film Award. To date the film has been officially selected for nineteen international film festivals, including having its Australian Film Festival premiere as an official selection for the iconic St Kilda Film Festival in 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
The film’s next festival screenings will be as an official selection at the 2018 Germany International Film Festival in Munich and 2018 Portugal International Film Festival in Porto.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“… 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
“Famed for their work producing “bite-sized” Shakespeare, the team behind Speaking Daggers, showcases the crème of Aussie talent.”