Filming Shakespeare

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Just before Christmas I visited the home of one of my godchildren. Harry is six and, together with his brother and sister, loves making films. His older brother, Tom, is in charge and his sister assists with locations and production. Harry is by now quite used to being given reams of script at the last minute and learning them by heart, apparently with effortless ease, ready for the next shoot. Needless to say that among their best Christmas gifts was some more filming equipment.

Godson Harry and his siblings are all set to enter our Shakespeare Film competition. This is open to people of all ages and abilities and the only rules are that the film must be connected to Shakespeare in some way, be no more than 20 minutes long, and by submitted by 1 July.

Entry is free. The winner receives £2,400 and sees his or her film shown as part of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Film Festival in October. There is a distinguished international panel of judges and our patron is Sir Kenneth Branagh, whose films continue to inspire new generations.

Click on the appropriate links above (or here) to find out more and listen to the chat I’ve just had with my colleague Marion Morgan, who’s taking the lead on this exciting new endeavour…

See you at the premiere!

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson

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