Closing this year’s festival,
is yet another adaptation of Shakespeare’s supposedly last solo play. Previous adaps stretch right back to 1911, and there’s been a fresh stab at the material on the screen just about every decade since. Directed by Julie Taymor, the flick follows a Duchess as she attempts to restore her daughter to her rightful place with the use of illusion.
Why We're So Excited:
Shakespeare adaps generally range in tone depending on the hand and mind steering them. There are ‘sensible’, true adaptations (Kenneth Branagh’s
), funky updated versions (
10 Things I Hate About You
), and more experimental interpretations.
comes under the latter, with the typically male role of Prospero turned female, renamed Prospera, and played by the unquenchably super Helen Mirren. That alone has us all a-tingle, let alone the rest of the cast – which includes Russell Brand, Alfred Molina and Alan Cumming.