• Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Bilbao & Miami WebFest nominations & we’re No. 20 on the World Cup ladder! #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    In case you missed it via our social media channels … We are thrilled to announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has been nominated for BEST EDITING at Miami Web Fest! Congrats to Sally McLean (Director/Editor), Thanassi Panagiotaras (Editor/Colourist) & Tim McCormick (Sound Editing) for this nod and thank you to the judges! This marks the second nomination in this category for our editing team for Season Two and we couldn’t be prouder of them! And … we are so delighted to also announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has also been nominated for BEST INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY at Miami Web Fest! Congrats to Shaun Herbertson (Cinematographer) for this acknowledgement and thank you to the judges!…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Speaking Daggers officially selected for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Film Festival in UK!

    We are delighted to announce that the short film, Speaking Daggers, which grew out of the Shakespeare Republic universe, produced by Incognita Enterprises in conjunction with Independent Schools Victoria and released at the inaugural Arts Learning Festival at ACMI in May this year has received it’s first film festival official selection! The film will have it’s UK premiere at The Shakespeare Film Festival, run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of the Filming Shakespeare: Crossing Borders Short Film showcase in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday, September 23rd! Additionally, the film has received a “Highly Commended Finalist” from the Jury President, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and is a finalist in the “Films inspired…

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    Shakespeare Republic officially selected for the Festival de Cine de Fuengirola!

    So delighted to announce that we have been officially selected for the Festival de Cine de Fuengirola as part of their inaugural Fuengirola Web Fest for 2017! Many thanks to the judges and organizers for including us in this fascinating line-up of series. Partnered with Vancouver Web Fest and BAWEBFEST, this first edition of the FWF will happen in September as part of the main International Film Festival taking place in this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol.  Here is the official announcement: http://festivaldefuengirola.com/diez-webseries-internacionales-competiran-seccion-fuengirola-web-fest/ For those who don’t speak Spanish, here is the English translation of the linked article: “Ten international webseries will compete in the Fuengirola Web Fest section 11 / Agosto / 2017…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    More Official Selections and two more awards for the Republic! #Shakespeare #Webseries

    The results are in from Sicily Web Fest‘s Award ceremony and we are over-the-moon to announce that our brilliantly talented Shaun Herbertson has won us the Best Cinematography Award!!! Huge congratulations Shaun for this well-deserved win!! We were up against some impressive work in this category from all around the world and are just so thrilled with this accolade!! Acknowledgement also to our awesome Colourist & VFX Artist Thanassi Panagiotaras for all his wonderful work on the footage in post-production and our fabulous camera crew – Bashir Towdiee, Marcus Cropp, Cameron Green and Hamish MacGregor (and Tim McCormick, who is responsible for Sound, but has quite a knack for Gaffer and Drone…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Two more official selections for Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard! #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    So absolutely delighted to announce that Season Two has been officially selected for the Portugal International Film Festival in their Web Series Category! Huge thanks to Jose and the Jury for including us! The Bard now heads to Portugal in September! Dziękuję Portugalię! Niech żyje Bard! We are delighted to announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has also been officially selected for the 2017 International Online Web Fest! Long Live The Bard! And finally, we have released a taste of our behind the scenes footage from Season Two of Shakespeare Republic, soon to be released as a full documentary. Interviews with cast and crew will be shot in the coming months…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    #CINEGoldenEagleAward & #AustinWebFest wins, festival announcements & more! It’s all go at the Republic! #shakespeare #webseries

    What a month we’ve just had!! So much has been going on here at the Republic and we have plenty of news to share! June saw Season Two officially selected for three more festivals – Baja WebFest (Mexico), Miami Web Fest (USA) and Tuscany WebFest (Italy) (who selected us from the official selections at Austin WebFest, which made us an “invited” series, which was awesome!). June 30-July 2 also saw us screen at Melbourne WebFest as an official selection and nominee for Best Australian Drama.  We love this festival, not just because it’s in our home town! Not only is Melbourne Web Fest in our home town, but it also is…

  • Project Updates,  Video

    “O Mistress Mine” by Jaron Natoli music video – from the original soundtrack of “Speaking Daggers” #shakespeare #film

    Incognita Enterprises​ recently produced and launched the Shakespeare Republic short film, Speaking Daggers at the Arts Learning Festival​ at ACMI in conjunction with Independent Schools Victoria​. While the film is doing the festival circuit, which means we can’t release it online just yet, we are delighted to share with you instead this music video for the song O Mistress Mine from the soundtrack of the film, composed and performed by award-winning Melbourne musician Jaron Natoli​, who also played “The Troubadour” in the film. Featured in the music video are Speaking Daggers cast members Christopher Kirby as “Benedick”, Sally McLean as “Beatrice”, Scott Major as “Falstaff” and Billy Smedley as “Prince…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Season Two festival run has begun with a bang! #shakespeare #webseries

    In case you haven’t been following our social media profiles, we thought we should post here on the site that we are absolutely delighted to share with you the exciting news of these official film festival and webfest selections for Shakespeare Republic Season Two! To date, we have been selected for Austin WebFest, Sicily WebFest and Melbourne Web Fest, where we have also been nominated for Best Australian Drama!  We were also selected as part of the Academy Award Qualifying (for short film), festival – St Kilda Film Festival – as part of their “Australia’s Favourite Web Series” showcase, where we screened on May 21 alongside 9 other web series from…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    New project for Shakespeare Republic: “Speaking Daggers” the #Shakespeare film!

    We are so delighted to announce that since releasing the final episode of Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two), we have filmed and have nearly completed post-production on our first commissioned film project for the Republic universe: Speaking Daggers! Starring Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Scott Major, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli and Billy Smedley, Speaking Daggers tells the tale of eight Shakespeare characters from five different plays who meet in the one setting and has been produced by Incognita Enterprises in conjunction with Independent Schools Victoria. Speaking Daggers will premiere next week on May 3rd as part of the Arts Learning Festival in Melbourne at ACMI Federation Square,…

  • Discussion,  Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic on Book, Stage & Screen #interview #shakespeare #lovethebard

    Shakespeare Republic creator/Director, Sally McLean and Executive Producer/Ensemble member, Billy Smedley were delighted to be invited into studio to be interviewed by the lovely Samantha and Gordon Napier on their wide-ranging Arts and Screen show, Book, Stage & Screen on WYN FM on February 16. Dealing with everything from how do we select the pieces, to the Shakespeare authorship question, to the history of the Elizabethan playwrights, to what can go wrong on set when filming, this interview became so epic (at 45 minutes long), that it became a two-parter!  Both of which are available below from the Book, Stage & Screen YouTube Channel for your catch up listening enjoyment. Huge…

  • Project Updates,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Launch Party & Live Show Video! #Shakespeare #Theatre #Webseries

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has officially launched with a difference this year, with a live show element complementing the web series aspect. For one night only, members of our Season Two cast performed Shakespeare monologues live as part of a promenade theatre style show to promote the new season of the web series.  We played to a sold out house, and had a lot of fun playing the works to a live audience.  While it was hard to capture the true atmosphere of the evening on video, due to the nature of the live show setting, our intrepid cameraman, Paul Anthony Nelson, did an amazing job of getting around…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Official Trailer is here!

    We’ve launched and our official trailer is now live on the interwebs! After a fantastic launch party and our first live performance of the work last Sunday, we can now reveal to the wide world our official trailer for Season Two! We had a fantastic event where this trailer was screened to our full house of guests in attendance and now, here it is for everyone to enjoy. More news coming soon, plus a video from our Launch event! Speak anon …

  • Project Updates,  Video

    Welcome to our new Production Partner: Mr Moto! #SpotTheScreen #Shakespeare #LiveShow #LoveTheBard

    We are so delighted to be able to officially welcome to the Republic team, our latest Production Partner – Mr Moto! The leading Melbourne Arts marketing distribution company, Mr Moto is primarily known for the distribution of printed postcards, posters and flyers around Melbourne theatres, cafes and tourist information points.  But in recent years the company has branched out to the digital world and is now also responsible for over 70 digital screens around town, promoting a variety of theatre, music and live performance events. Mr Moto have been a core part of the Melbourne Arts scene promotional efforts since their founding in 1985 and we are so thrilled and grateful…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard Season Two Launch Tickets Released! #shakespeare #party

    Well, it’s all happening over in the USA … as many have said, their election cycle has played out like a reality TV show … or a Shakespearean tragedy. But if you’d like to experience the real thing (Shakespeare, not an election), then here’s your chance! We are delighted to announce our official launch date and invite you to come along and celebrate the release of Season Two with us! Here are all the details: WHEN: Sunday, December 4th, 2016 @ 6PM WHERE: The Courthouse Hotel, 86-90 Errol Street, North Melbourne 3051 TICKETS: via TryBooking What can you expect? Join us as we take over the iconic Courthouse Hotel and turn…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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