As the world celebrates William Shakespeare 400 years after his death, we offer our own tribute to a writer whose influence continues to reverberate.
With no other writer impacting so greatly on cinema both in terms of theme and content (IMDB lists him as the writer of 1120 titles), this succinct programme explores how a diverse selection of filmmakers past and present have adapted, been inspired by and interpreted Shakespeare’s work – from Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Gus van Sant’s Henry IV and Henry V inspired My Own Private Idaho, to work by Derek Jarman (The Tempest) and Max Reinhardt’s 1935 release, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Vincent Price has a seat reserved for you in his Theatre of Blood, and for families, we present Disney’s Hamlet inspired The Lion King.
Presented in collaboration with the BFI. Part of BFI presents Shakespeare on Film.