• Project Updates,  Video

    First Shakespeare Republic Season Two Teaser has dropped! #Shakespeare #WebSeries #LoveTheBard

    We are so excited to finally be able to share with you the first teaser for Season Two!  We are so proud of this season and all the work everyone put into it, so we hope you enjoy! Huge thanks to Shaun Herbertson (Cinematographer) for his excellent work colour grading and Tim McCormick (Sound) for doing his additional job of Sound Design so beautifully.  And another huge thanks and a “Welcome to the team!” to Jordan Ross, who composed and performed the atmospheric music.  So grateful to all the post-production team for their brilliant work and fantastic attitude.  They all make my additional job as Editor, so much easier and…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals,  Team

    Season Two filming complete and more festival official selections for Season One!

    What a month it has been! Exciting news is that we have finished filming for Season Two!!  After our initial 2 day shoot in August, we went on to complete a gruelling 8 day shoot in September, but it was totally worth it!  We have some amazing images from the shoot that we are so excited to share with you later this year and have a long list of people to thank for making the filming possible. First thank you goes to our amazing location sponsors – The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, Lord Somers Camp, Somers, St Catherines School, Toorak and Toorak College, Mt Eliza.  We cannot thank these generous…

  • Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard Week Two Wrap Up! #webseries #awards

    CROWDFUNDING, MORE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & … MORE AWARDS!! It’s been a busy, busy week here at the Republic office, with our crowdfunding campaign in full swing over at Indiegogo, as well as being deep in rehearsals and pre-production for the main block of filming coming up in just over 10 days!! So let’s get right to it … INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN UPDATE We are currently at 24% funded over at Indiegogo, which is fantastic!  We are so grateful to all our backers who have come to the party with this latest funding push – your support is hugely appreciated and we couldn’t do it without your help!  Thank you to all…

  • Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard Week One Wrap Up! #Shakespeare

    SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC: #LOVETHEBARD BEGINS FILMING! What a week it has been!  We filmed our first two episodes for 2016 at the fabulous Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, rehearsals continue for the main filming block in September and we launched our first rewards-based crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo! It’s all go as a result in the Republic office right now! We are very excited to have begun filming for Season Two – Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – with new and returning cast and a new concept for the work. We can’t go into much detail here, as we’ve created a special behind-the-scenes update perk on our crowdfunding campaign (which you can read about below), so it wouldn’t…

  • Screenings & Festivals

    Melbourne WebFest Report 2016: Much fun, new friends & the spark of rediscovered community

    Now that I’ve had a couple of days to reflect and recover (okay, not quite recover … that may take a few more days yet!), I just wanted to share my thoughts on the amazing weekend just gone that was the Melbourne Web Fest. Firstly I have to state that this Melbourne celebration of all things digital and web series has to be the most friendly, fun and inclusive festival/conference I have had the pleasure of attending.  From the moment I walked in the door of MWF’s Launch Night, just over a month ago, until now, I have felt welcomed, valued and appreciated as a creative and I can’t thank…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic at @MelbWebFest! #screening #melbourne #shakespeare

    This week we are prepping to attend the upcoming Melbourne Web Fest (running from July 1-3), here in our fair city, but first we will be at the MWF “Spotlight on Melbourne” screening this Thursday, June 30th at Loop Bar to celebrate some of the fantastic creativity coming out of Melbourne onto the world wide web with a showcase of Melbourne web series – of which Shakespeare Republic is one! As you’ll see in the above video, Shakespeare Republic creator, Sally McLean, with Co-Producer, Billy Smedley attended the MWF Launch last month, to discover (much to their delight) that Shakespeare Republic had been selected to screen as part of the…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic – New Awards, Screenings & More #shakespeare #award

    What a month June has been!  So much has been going on within the Republic, much of it behind the scenes (more announcements on all that to come), but some events that we haven’t yet had time to share properly and wanted to put together in a digest here to celebrate with you all.  So here goes! NEW AWARDS FOR THE REPUBLIC We were absolutely delighted to get the notifications that over the past four weeks, we have won five more awards!  Amazing!  Here is the list for those who haven’t been following us on Instagram and Facebook: “Best Web/New Media” – Los Angeles Cinefest (March), USA “Best Picture (Web…

  • Discussion,  Project Updates

    A heartfelt thank you to our donors, colleagues and audiences – around the globe #artsfunding #shakespeare #makingculturehappen

    FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: I was going to write this update as a final plea to try and ensure that our current crowdfunding campaign showed that magical “100%” figure at the top of our Australian Cultural Fund campaign page.  In a world where artists tend to give 100% percent to all we do, we don’t often get to see anything achieve a 100% success rate.  And that’s okay.  Our individual Arts projects won’t be everybody’s cup of tea and that’s why we need a diverse and multifaceted Arts industry – so there is always something for everyone to see, experience and enjoy, that caters to their personal taste and sensibility and speaks to them directly.…

  • Project Updates,  Video

    Bard-Raising – Shakespeare Republic is Crowdfunding! And we have a new video!

    Join Republic members Alan Fletcher, Sally McLean and Billy Smedley as they take you through the current crowdfunding campaign for Shakespeare Republic as only they can. Yes, it’s time for some “Bard-Raising”!! (with thanks to our brilliant Sound Recordist, Tim McCormick for the title of this vid). Hear what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how you can help! Or you can just skip it entirely and head straight to our campaign’s donation page at the Australian Cultural Fund and make your donation … your choice 😉 australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/shakespeare-republic-live/ Please note: no cast members were harmed during the making of this film, despite appearances to the contrary. We’re still not…

  • Project Updates,  Team

    Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new cast member – Christopher Kirby!

    We are thrilled to welcome new Republic Member and our first American cast member: Christopher Kirby! Meet Chris … Chris is probably best known for his roles in numerous blockbuster films such as Daybreakers, Predestination, the Matrix sequels, Iron Sky, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith and many more. Chris began his career in his native USA before moving to Australia in the late 1990’s.  US television roles include the series Quantum Leap, Space: Above and Beyond, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Lost World, BeastMaster, The Burning Zone, Nightmares & Dreamscapes and The Starter Wife, as well as the television special Blockheads for HBO. Australian credits include Marshall Law, Neighbours, Ocean Girl, Flipper and The Games. Chris’…

  • Project Updates,  Team

    Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new member – Wahibe Moussa!

    We are delighted to welcome new Republic Member, the talented and delightful Wahibe Moussa! Meet Wahibe … Wahibe Moussa is an award winning actor, a writer and emerging dramaturg and director. Since graduating from Victoria University of Technology in 2000, she has appeared in ensemble and self-devised theatre productions, as well as television shows such as SBSi’s KICK, ABC’s The Librarians and Channel 9’s Stingers. In 2007 Wahibe received the Green room Award for Female Actor in an Independent Theatre Production for her performance as “Mahala”, in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.  She has collaborated on a number of theatre and television projects as script, cultural and language consultant. Wahibe has co-ordinated and collaborated in…

  • Project Updates,  Team

    Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new member – Dean Haglund!

    We are delighted to welcome new Republic Member and our first Canadian cast member: Dean Haglund! Meet Dean … Dean is probably best known for his ten seasons playing “Richard “Ringo” Langly”, one of the “The Lone Gunmen” from the hit series The X-Files, and The X-Files spin off, The Lone Gunmen, both for Fox Television. Dean began his career studying multidisciplinary Arts at  the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts and Video Production.  During his time at University, he performed many of the classics, including a long list of Shakespeare roles, before going on to specialize in improvisational comedy, beginning…

  • Project Updates,  Team

    Cast Announcement: Shakespeare Republic welcomes new member – Shane Savage!

    We are thrilled to welcome our first new Republic Member for 2016: Shane Savage! Meet Shane … After completing a bachelor of creative arts (Drama/Film) from Deakin University, Shane went on to study full time at the world renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio. Recent theatre credits include “Ricky” in Big Al at Chapel Off Chapel and “Marc Christian” in Playing Rock Hudson at the Malthouse Theatre. Recent screen credits include playing the lead roles of “Lindsay” in Anatomy (dir. Joe Betros), “Art” in Artemis (dir. Daniel Higgins), “Dean” in Nevyr Love a Vampyr (dir. Geoffrey Wright) and “Chris” in the webseries Chris & Josh (dir. Matt Smolen). Shane’s latest big screen venture,…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    New Film Festival Announcements for Shakespeare Republic!

    Happy #ShakespeareSunday everyone! What a week it’s been! A new Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered on the Isle of Bute (off Scotland), just in time for Shakespeare’s upcoming birthday celebrations – and we’re brimming with news from The Republic front too! So much has been going on here behind the scenes – particularly in the area of film festival selections.  Since the excitement of last week in the Republic office with the news that we’d won two awards on two different continents (still a little excited about that, if we’re honest), we were even more delighted to find out in the past few days that we’ve been Officially Selected for…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Two award wins for Shakespeare Republic on film festival circuit!!

    We are delighted to announce that Shakespeare Republic had a rather exciting weekend, just gone – winning two awards internationally! Firstly, we were thrilled to receive the inaugural Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short, the top honour for that category, presented by the Peak City International Film Festival in the USA!  Director, Sally McLean, accepted the award via video from Melbourne to a packed house at the awards gala, and here is a snippet of video filmed by one of the attendees on the night of the announcement: A video posted by Shakespeare Republic (@shakespearerepublic) on Apr 2, 2016 at 11:18pm PDT Thank you to Peak City International Film…

  • Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic is coming to you live in 2016!

    We are so very excited to announce that Shakespeare Republic is expanding our brief in 2016!  Not only are we in the planning stages for Season Two of the webseries, we are also in pre-production/fundraising for our VERY FIRST LIVE SHOW! Yes, that is correct.  In this Shakespeare Anniversary year, marking 400 years since the Bard “shuffled off this mortal coil” (Hamlet, Act III, Sc. 1) in 1616, we will be bringing you Shakespeare Republic live and in person through a series of “event” live performances taking place in Melbourne later this year. All of our original cast are returning and we will be adding some new faces to the line…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic officially selected for 12MFF in Romania!

    We are delighted to be officially selected for the 12 Months Film Festival in Romania! 12MFF is a wide-ranging festival that covers shorts, features, music videos, web series, trailers and commercials.  Each month films are submitted and if officially selected, go into the running to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.  These monthly awards are treated as elimination rounds for the full live screening festival, which takes place in April each year.  The first three placed projects in each category will qualify for the annual event screenings and competition.  To date, 12MFF has showcased and awarded filmmakers from six continents. We are so thrilled to be in the running…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Sydney World Film Festival

    We are delighted to announce that Sally McLean’s episode as “Billie” performing Sonnet #18 has been Officially Selected for the 2016 Sydney World Film festival in the “Australian Cinema Now” category. We would like to thank the judges and organizers at SWFF for selecting Shakespeare Republic to screen at the festival in this category among some extraordinary Australian short films – and would like to congratulate the winner of the “Australian Cinema Now” category – Sydney Film School & UCLA graduate, Anges Baginska for her short film “Milkmaid”, which has previously won the David Lynch Award (which gave her a scholarship to study an MA in Film under David’s tutelage in…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Peak City International Film Festival

    We are delighted to have been officially selected for the 2016 Peak City International Film Festival (PCIFF), which will be taking place in Apex, North Carolina from April 2, 2016. Sally McLean’s episode as “Billie” performing Sonnet #18 will be leading the charge for the series. We would like to thank the judges and organizers at PCIFF for selecting Shakespeare Republic to screen at the festival – which also marks our first official screening in the USA!  The final awards ceremony will be screened live via Periscope from the Halle Cultural Center and we will let you know the details when we have them. More news to come from The Republic…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival

    We are delighted to announce that Ben Steel’s episode of Shakespeare Republic as “Jules” (“Juliet”) has been Officially Selected to screen at the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival on April 5th as part of their “Web Shorts” program! We are especially delighted to be accepted into MQFF, as the screening is happening at the hub of all things cinema, ACMI at Federation Square, right here in our home town of Melbourne! We are so thrilled to be a part of such an iconic festival and have the chance to see the episode on the big screen, in a cinema, with an audience – alongside such a great international line-up of content. The…

  • Project Updates

    Nominate Shakespeare Republic for the 2016 Literary Inspired Web Series Awards!

    We are delighted to discover that we are up for nomination for the 2016 Literary Inspired Webseries Awards!  But … we need your help … So, how does this work?  The fabulous Literary Webseries Center in California wanders the internet each year looking at literary-inspired web series.  Around February each year, they compile a list of the webseries from this genre they feel represent the best the web has to offer and then put that list up for a public vote (that’s where you come in). The public have just under a month to cast their votes for their favourite webseries in ten categories.  Those votes are tallied and then…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the International Online Web Fest

    In much happier 2016 news, Shakespeare Republic started this New Year with the notification that we had been accepted into the Digitalmation Awards, which brought us up to five festivals in which we have been officially selected including: The Garden City International Film Festival, ROMA CinemaDoc, Near Nazareth Film Festival, Underground Film Fest. And the official selections have continued!  We are delighted to announce that we have been officially selected for the International Online Web Fest!  With a jury of talented and accomplished filmmakers assessing each entry from the UK and Europe, we are truly thrilled to have Season One accepted in this year’s line-up. We are also continuing to work on our…

  • Discussion

    Farewell Mr Jones and Mr Rickman and thank you … for everything …

    “Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman” clip, created by David Michalek for his series “Portraits in Dramatic Time” David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister and Alan Rickman image, created by Ian Blyth It has been a tumultuous start to 2016, with some truly sad news already in the first two weeks of this New Year.  We, like so many around the world, are truly saddened by the loss of two of the greats of the Acting and Performing world, who contributed so much to both their industry and the general public.  Both iconic artists, but also, away from the cameras, supporters of many from all walks of life in so many ways, and genuinely lovely humans…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the Near Nazareth Festival in Israel

    We are thrilled to have made Official Selection for the 2016 Near Nazareth Festival in their Web/New Media category! Episode 6: Sally McLean as “Billie” (Sonnet 18) has been selected by the festival to represent Season One and we are very much looking forward to the festival taking place in Israel next May! We have also had the pleasure of already connecting with some of the other filmmakers selected from Canada, the USA and the UK over the past week and are truly enjoying the connection across the water that we are experiencing with this dive into film festival world! There are some truly generous filmmakers out there, some of…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for Garden City International Film Festival and Roma CinemaDOC

    We are delighted to have made Official Selection status with the 2015 Garden City International Film Festival and October 2015 Roma CinemaDOC in their Web Series/New Media and International Web Series categories, respectively! Episode 6: Sally McLean as “Billie” (Sonnnet 18) was chosen by Garden City International Film Festival as the representative episode to compete for the series and Episode 5: Michala Banas as “Phebe” was chosen by Roma CinemaDOC as representative of Season One. We are so thrilled to have been given these nominations and thank both festivals for including us among such a high standard of web series from around the world. More news on our film festival campaign…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Team

    “Art Smitten” interview about Shakespeare Republic – the “Lost Tapes” edition …

    On August 30th, Shakespeare Republic Director, Sally McLean, was delighted to be invited into the SYN FM studios to speak with “Art Smitten” hosts, Thomas and Alex about Shakespeare, the challenges when working on a web series, where were the sword fights? and why can’t she bring herself to say the word “Macbeth” out loud? Sally was particularly happy to be invited in, as the show is run by high school and college students – which is exactly the group we are hoping to bring to the series as audience. And it was a great experience – a fun and wide-ranging interview covering all things Bard, with a lot of laughter…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    Our revels now are ended … for the moment … Season One Wrap Up …

    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act IV Sc 1 What a ride it’s been! As the dust settles on our final episode for Season One, we’d like to take a moment to say…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?” … the making of Episode Six – Sally McLean as Billie (Sonnet 18)

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Sally McLean’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. Choreographed production conversations (seriously, Sally and Shaun were seriously in synch a few times – they nearly do accidental jazz hands.  No, really!), the joys of filming outdoors in 25 kph winds and the bittersweet feeling knowing this is the last Shakespeare Republic episode for the moment – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Billy Smedley Featuring: Shaun Herbertson, Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, Tim McCormick…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Celebrating The Bard

    CELEBRATING THE BARD: Sally McLean on playing Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

    We have mused on The Bard and now that Season One is airing, we are Celebrating The Bard!  This is a series where we asked each of our ensemble members to write down some background on why they wanted to do the piece they did, how they feel it relates to modern life, what challenges and/or choices they faced and why and any other information that would be of interest to you, the audience.  Director, Sally McLean, also shares some thoughts on the process from her perspective to give views from both sides of the camera.  Each “Celebrating The Bard” piece will be published the Friday after the ensemble member’s episode has aired.…

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