I’m captured by what I see in this trailer, and would love to see the rest of the film.
Said to be 5 years in the making, Tempest is described as an euphoric blend of drama and documentary, part scripted, part real-life.
Both a celebration of contemporary urban youth culture, and a 21st Century re-imagining of Shakespeare’s last great play. 17 young actors from South London struggle to put on a production. Their story unfolds alongside Prospero’s as The Oval is transformed into Shakespeare’s magical island and the outcast Duke conjures the spirits in his quest to regain his kingdom. In the aftermath of the youth and student uprisings, and the lead-up to the Olympic Games, TEMPEST is also our contribution to the ongoing debate on Englishness and English identity.
Rob Curry and Anthony Fletcher are the film’s directors, with Liz Smith and Patrick Towell producing.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Jummi Bolaji, Zephryn Taitte, Paris Campbell, Afra Morris and others.
Today brings word that Fifth Column Films (the production company behind the project) will self-release Tempest, starting on October 26 in the UK, followed by stops at the first Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Oct 26, as part of National Schools Film Week (Oct 16-26), and at the Barbican’s Frame Film Festival in November.
Let’s hope it travels.
Watch its trailer below: