Modern re-imaginations: Shakespeare Lives short films

About the Shakespeare Lives film collection

British Council and the GREAT campaign are proud to launch a series of short films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration, showcasing the best of the UK's creative sector.

Dear Mister Shakespeare – inspired by Othello

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Othello, artist and poet Pheobe Boswell has written Dear Mister Shakespeare, the ninth film in our Shakespeare Lives series, in which she explores her relationship with Shakespeare and Othello as a black woman living in London today. The film, starring Ashley Thomas as Othello and directed by Shola Amoo, is a filmic collage of modern black British experience, and follows Othello’s journey as a 'man through time’.

MIRANDA'S LETTER; A STORY INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE'S 'THE TEMPEST'

The fifth film in our Shakespeare Lives series, Miranda’s Letter, is a tale about mother-daughter relationships, or more often the lack thereof in Shakespeare's work. 

Macbeth Act I Scene V – featuring Vicky McClure

Lady Macbeth, played by Vicky McClure (This is England), summons up her demons in this soliloquy from Act 1 Scene V in Macbeth. This menacing and dark film, directed by David Wilson (Colonel Blimp productions), is the fourth film in the British Council’s series of modern re-imaginings of Shakespeare and combines performance with Manga animation. 

JULIUS CAESAR FEATURING MARK STANLEY AND TONY OSOBA

The third film in our series of contemporary re-imaginings of Shakespeare's work is an adaptation of Act I Scene II from Julius Caesar. It documents Brutus and his conspirators plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. The film is directed by Pedro Martín-Calero and stars Mark Stanley (known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Dickensian) as Brutus and Tony Osoba as Julius Caesar. 

STAR CROSS'D - LAURA DOCKRILL'S ROMEO AND JULIET

Star Cross’d is poet, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill’s contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet. The film is set on a windswept English beach, where ‘two houses, both alike in common crime’ wage an ice cream war. Will true love win out, over the tutti frutti?

A MODERN RE-IMAGINATION OF TWELFTH NIGHT BY SBTV

SBTV's 'Twelfth Night' sees 5 UK artists; Maverick Sabre, Nego True, NoLay, Eyez and Mic Righteous, produce new lyrics drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's play of the same name. Also featuring an original beat by producer Harry Love, and shot in The Globe's Sam Wanamaker theatre, the piece reworks Shakespeare for a modern audience.