British Council Film is working with the British Film Institute (BFI) and other partners to deliver an international touring programme of British versions of Shakespeare on Film. A special BFI curated programme of around 20 feature films shows how British cinema has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare's work.
The programme includes the earliest surviving silent Shakespeare; faithful adaptations by British actors and directors who have made Shakespeare's work accessible internationally (Olivier and Branagh); performances by today's greatest Shakespearean actors including Judi Dench (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Ian McKellen (Richard III); experimental and playful reworkings that reinforce Shakespeare's enduring relevance as source material (Prospero's Books, Theatre of Blood and Next) and expressions of themes such as diversity, identity and desire (Othello, Romeo and Juliet and The Angelic Conversation).
We will be screening Much ado about Nothing in February and March in partnership with Yarat Contemporary Art Centre and Baku State University, as part of #Shakespeare Lives.
Much ado about Nothing (Kenneth Branagh) at 13:00 on 29 February 2016 at Baku State University.
Much ado about Nothing (Kenneth Branagh) at 19:00 on 15 March 2016 at Yarat Contemporary Art Centre.
Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Running time: 111 mins
Featuring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Imelda
Plot: This witty and fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a testament to Kenneth Branagh’s extensive creative abilities, as well as arguably one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever filmed. The cinematography accentuates the lush Tuscan landscape in which Branagh as the humorous Benedick, and Emma Thompson, as the wilful and challenging Beatrice, bring this adaptation to life.
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