Richard III (M)
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Federation Square, Melbourne
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Sir Ian McKellen leads an all-star cast in Richard Loncraine’s stunning adaptation of Richard III. A bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s murderous, scheming king, Loncraine transplants Shakespeare’s bloody play to an alternative fascist England of the 1930’s in the midst of a civil war between the house of York and Lancaster. This fresh and highly entertaining take on one of Shakespeare’s most duplicitous characters combines heady doses of spectacle, melodrama and tragedy.
Winner Silver Bear (Best Director Richard Loncraine) 1996 Berlin International Film Festival
The screening is followed by a post-film discussion with its screenwriter and star, Sir Ian McKellen, and its director, Richard Loncraine, recorded at BFI Southbank in April 2016.
This season is presented in association with the University of Melbourne as part of their Shakespeare 400 Melbourne program.
Shakespeare on Film was made possible with program partners The British Council and the British Film Institute.
Richard Loncraine, 1995, 104 min, UK, DCP, English. Courtesy Park Circus