'ALL IS TRUE'
This one already went through UK and US cinemas (in limited release in the pre award season) but is getting a wider US release next month May 10th! ALL IS TRUE is Kenneth Branagh's project which he not only directed, but also plays the lead role together with other two legendary British thespians Judi Dench and Ian McKellen! Written by Ben Elton, the historical movie offers a look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
SHAKESPEARE'S FINAL YEARS
This small scale movie is set in the summer of 1613, when, just 14
years after it had been built, the Globe Theater burned to the ground
due to errant sparks from a stage cannon during a performance of ALL IS
TRUE, the original title of a play believed to have been written by
Shakespeare and John Fletcher that a decade later was renamed Henry
VIII. Evidently demoralized by the destruction of his theatre, the 49
year old playwright (Kenneth Branagh) retreated to rejoin his wife (Judi
Dench) and two daughters, of whom he had seen very
little for some 20
years. Pressing even harder on him are thoughts of his son Hamnet, whom
he had scarcely known before his death at age 11 a decade earlier.
|Sir Ian McKellen is Will's patron and possibly love.|
|Judi Dench plays Will's wife who was 8 years older than him.|
JUDI DENCH AND IAN MCKELLEN
His illiterate wife Anne is played by Judi Dench! She resents his disruptive arrival after so long! Lydia Wilson plays Will's daughter Susanna Hall
accused of being unfaithful to her husband John (Hadley Fraser). Kathryn Wilder plays Will's unmarried younger daughter Judith, Hamnet's twin sister
who can't even read and thinks her father wishes she died instead of her brother. Ian McKellen is dandy Earl of Southampton, the writer's patron and maybe something more.
|Kenneth Branagh has directed five films based on Shakespeare!|
|Interior scenes were shot using only candle light!|