globalshakesGLOBAL SHAKES was a project that never left the drawing board. Planned as a touring package of film adaptations of Shakespeare plays to be used by cinemas, art centres, film clubs and educational establishments in the UK and overseas, it aimed to join celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

However, when we discovered a similar project being hatched by BFI, Film London and British Council, it seemed sensible to stop. The rest of this page describes what might have been.

We planned to create a package of innovative, entertaining and truly international movies that showcase the global impact of Shakespeare’s work. Film exhibitors and educational institutes will be able to order tailored packages online that include:

  • films on BluRay, DCP and DVD
  • screening licences
  • programme notes and educational materials
  • high-resolution images and film summaries for marketing use
  • promotion through a national PR & marketing campaign that includes media coverage, print & online advertising and strategic social media marketing.

Films in the package would have included a Bollywood Othello, a tribal Madagascan Macbeth, an Italian spaghetti western and a Chinese martial arts Hamlet, a Portuguese Midsummer Night’s Dream cartoon, a samurai King Lear, a trashy Romeo & Juliet expoitation flick and a Hollywood teen comedy Taming of the Shrew.

Omkara (India 2006) – Bollywood adaptation of Othello

Johnny Hamlet (Italy 1968) – spaghetti western adaptation of Hamlet

Ran (Japan 1985) – Kurosawa’s adaptation of King Lear

El Sueno de una Noche de San Juan (Portugal/Spain 2005) – adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream

In Iredu (Nigeria 2009) – short film depicting Macbeth’s meeting with the 3 witches

10 Things I Hate About You (USA 1999) – Hollywood teen adaptation of Taming of the Shrew

Hamlet Goes Business (Finland 1987) – maudlin comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Rave (USA 2002)

The Banquet (China 2006) – martial arts adaptation of Hamlet

All Night Long (UK 1962) – Othello in a jazz club

The Maori Merchant of Venice (New Zealand 2002)

Hamlet (Russia 1964)

Tromeo + Juliet (USA 1996) – trash exploitation comedy

Makibefo (Madagascar/UK 2000) – adaptation of Macbeth