As part of #ShakespeareLives season, Hurricane Films have worked with the British Council to produce ‘A Winter’s Tale’, a film inspired by ‘The Winter’s Tale’ featuring Joseph Mawle (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Ripper Street’).
The short was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (’24 Hour Party People’, ‘Millions’) and directed by Carl Hunter (‘Grow Your Own’). Filmed and post-produced in Liverpool and shot on location at Crosby Beach, the short features Sir Antony Gormley’s installation ‘Another Place’.
Shakespeare Lives is a programme run by the British Council, celebrating Shakespeare’s works on the 400th anniversary of his death, exploring how his works are still relevant today.
Director Carl Hunter: “Frank and I wanted to keep in the spirit of the original text. The Winter’s Tale, was Shakespeare’s first ‘special effects’ play – written not for the open air Globe, but for the candle-lit Rose theatre, where he could experiment with sound and light. Shakespeare goes out of his way to draw our attention to time’s passing and the way time can often appear to stand still. The film tries to preserve the optimism and hope of Shakespeare’s late romances.
“I wanted a painterly approach to capturing the scenery and nature is a very good production designer. The play is also famous for being set on “the sea coast of Bohemia”. Bohemia, of course, has no coast. It must be “another place”, to use the title of Gormley’s installation.”
Producer Sol Papadopoulos: “The inspired British Council series of short films #ShakespeareLives has been a wonderful challenge for all the film makers involved and we are particularly thrilled to have been able to bring one of the films to Liverpool to show off the talent behind the camera we have here on Merseyside.”
Much of the creative team behind A Winter’s Tale is set to be involved in Hurricane Films’ next feature film, ‘Triple Word Score’, directed by Carl Hunter with script by Frank Cottrell Boyce.