DAVID  reviews

30 March 2016

Friends, Romans, Businessmen...

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Julius Caesar Act II Scene 1” - 3 mins 35s

It's the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in April and amongst the activity celebrating the event is a series of films designed to show that his work is as alive today as when he put quill to parchment all those years ago.

Colonel Blimp's Pedro Martin-Calero has delivered his contribution with aplomb by taking a scene from Julius Caesar and bringing it right up to date. The nature of the knives may have changed but the calculation that goes into a political assassination remains just as visceral... as Iain Duncan Smith can testify.

Martin-Calero's decision to have his players speak directly into the camera gives their deliberations an extraordinary intensity and almost makes the viewer part of their conspiracy. It's always gratifying to hear blank verse spoken by actors who can deliver it without over-emphasising its rhythm and the understatement particularly suits an updated setting.

It's a gorgeous exhibition of everyone's skill and a fitting tribute to the script's author.

Director: Pedro Martin-Calero (Blink Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Rob Jelley / Corin Taylor / Anne Beresford / Roisin McLaughlin
Executive Producer: Paul Weston
Wardrobe: Grace Snell
Make-Up: Dorita Nissen
Editor: Sacha Szwarc @ Speade Ⓦ
Post Production: Cheryl Payne @ Finish
Colourist: Julien Biard
Flame: Steve Murgatroyd / Andy Copping
Sound Designer: Neil Johnson @ Factory Ⓦ
Written By: William Shakespeare

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