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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    “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…

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    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…

  • An action shot of Director of Photography, James Dene with Director, Sally McLean during filming (Photo: Perri Cummings)
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    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” or, the joy and insanity of creative endeavour …

    On the eve of our broadcast commencing for Season One of Shakespeare Republic, with Alan Fletcher’s episode going out tomorrow morning at 11am, we invited Director and series creator, Sally McLean to share with us her thoughts on the process so far and any lessons learned … Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge all the creatives out there who are working their butts off towards their goals and dreams.  We here in Melbourne are blessed with a fantastic bunch of creative people in all areas of the Arts who are all still out there making stuff that keeps us entertained, enlightened and educated, often on little or no money…

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    Do you have a favourite Shakespeare play? Would you play Shakespeare nude? Hear from our cast on this and more during the Shakespeare Republic Season One Launch!

    Welcome to a big week for Shakespeare Republic!  This week we finally begin screening the series after many months of planning and hard work from all the cast and crew and we couldn’t be more excited! Further to our post about our fabulous launch event held last week at the lovely Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne, we can also finally release the full video filmed by the talented Paul Anthony Nelson of Cinema Viscera and hosted by Special Guest, Shane Savage from, among other things, Australian Web TV phenomenon, Chris & Josh The Webseries where he plays “Chris” as well as co-writing and co-producing (really, it’s so exciting to see how well…

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    Shakespeare Republic Season One Launch – new video released!

    We are so excited to share the above video with all of you, which gives you a bit of a preview of the other content we have coming up from the night, including interviews with all the cast! But before we get ahead of ourselves, for those who may have missed it, we launched Season One of Shakespeare Republic on Tuesday night this week at the fabulous Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne to a packed house – and we had a ball (as you can likely tell from the above vid). We were especially grateful to have the wonderful Shane Savage step in to do the vox pop/doorstop interviews with…

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    Shakespeare Republic Season One Official Trailer is here!

    It’s here! After a fabulous launch event last night (more on that later!) finally we can reveal the official teaser for Shakespeare Republic Season One to everyone, featuring Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel. First episode airs next Wednesday at 11am here and on our Official YouTube Channel, but enjoy this sneak peek of the whole season to tide you over until then … Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage … Written by: William Shakespeare Directed by: Sally McLean Produced by: Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley Directors of Photography: James Dene, Yanni Dellaportas & Shaun Herbertson Lighting Director: Dan Evans…

  • Michala Banas on set for her episode, clapper board in hand (Photo: Sally McLean)
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    Michala Banas on drunk texting and boy trouble … it must be our penultimate shoot day!

    Please Note: to our knowledge, Michala hasn’t actually drunk texted – not around us anyway!  But as far as her character is concerned … well, you’ll just have to see the episode to see what we mean!! On one of the coldest nights in August in Melbourne, the Shakespeare Republic team embarked on our latest filming adventure – Michala Banas’ episode tackling the Bard!  Filming in my and Billy Smedley’s lounge room in Melbourne, Michala gamely jumped in the deep end with both feet and brimming with some rather brilliant ideas.  My strongest memory from Monday’s shoot will be the laughter.  I do love all my Republic peeps, but especially when we’re…

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    Shakespeare Republic Launch Party Announcement!

    The Republic is delighted to announce that bookings for our Official Season One Launch are now open! While we are still busily filming and editing, there is nothing like a deadline to keep one (or a team) focused and so it is with great pleasure that we can announce the date of our Launch Party! DATE: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 TIME: 7pm for drinks and finger food (Screening begins at 8pm) VENUE: The Courthouse Hotel, 86-90 Errol Street, North Melbourne, Victoria COST: FREE! RSVP: To ensure your name appears on the guest list and you get your free glass of bubbly and some tasty finger food, please click on the…

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    Ben Steel in shirt and tie with a webcam … Day 4 is complete!

    Before I write anything else, I’d like to say: Happy Birthday Juliet!  Juliet’s birthday is one of the few exact birth dates Shakespeare gave us in the text of his works. According to his play Romeo & Juliet, she was born on “Lammas Eve at night” (August 1), so her birthday in Shakespeare’s play is July 31st … which is today! Day four of filming was actually our first night shoot of the season, filming the wonderful Ben Steel as he wrangled a laptop and webcam for his episode of Shakespeare Republic.  Of course, I had the bright idea of trying to catch the dying light through the windows in the opening…

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    Updates: Billy Smedley in a Red Room, wearing a suit with a silver tea service … 50 Shades of Shakespeare, anyone?*

    *DISCLAIMER: Sorry guys, the scene Billy shot yesterday has nothing to do with that other Red Room stuff … we just thought it was funny that he was in a suit in a Red Room with expensive silverware – completely by accident … but we’re not entirely convinced that Shakespeare is ready for that other kind of treatment … yet 😉 It was with great anticipation that we headed off yesterday morning to the north side of town to shoot our third episode for Shakespeare Republic, this time featuring Republic member, Billy Smedley in a suit, a red room and my rather leaky silver service (nothing that some gaffer tape couldn’t fix…

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    Updates: Rowena Hutson, five crew and a rubber duck … it must be our second day of filming!

    As a rather chilly and very blustery Queen’s birthday Monday dawned, it found myself and several members of our extended Republic making our way down to the Mornington Peninsula for the second day of shooting. In a very beautiful bathroom, kindly provided by long time friend, Samantha Brown (we were around 5 years old when we first met. Who knew back then that one day I’d be filming Shakespeare in her bathroom!?), our crew gathered around to film Shakespeare Republic ensemble member Rowena Hutson – and a rubber duck.  As you can see, a bath was involved, so that does somewhat explain the rubber duck – but you’ll have to wait until the episode…

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    UPDATES: Alan Fletcher, six crew and a bathroom … welcome to Day 1 of filming!

    So, what do you get when you combine six crew members, a bathroom and the delightful Alan Fletcher?  The first day of official filming for Shakespeare Republic! Our intrepid cast and crew made the journey out to Global Television Studios, who had very kindly provided us with the aforementioned bathroom to film, where we spent a very productive day filming Alan’s first Shakespeare piece.  Huge thanks to Global for their generous support of the project and their assistance throughout the day, and to all the folk at Neighbours for accommodating us playing just up the hall. Also thanks to the fab team at Crankyfish for their loan of lights and equipment for…

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    UPDATES: Welcome to Shakespeare Republic

    And so it begins!  We are very happy to finally be speaking to you via the interwebs with our very first post here at Shakespeare Republic!  We are looking forward to bringing you our web series, where we get to explore Shakespeare in a myriad of different settings and circumstances, but in the meantime we’ll be sharing photos, discussion posts about various aspects of Shakespeare and tidbits from our Behind The Scenes footage. We have begun the journey into the realms of Shakespeare and that infamous language, kicking off with a photo/interview session with all of our cast, filmed and photographed by the wonderful Yanni Dellaportas and Ben Steel, which…

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