Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

Noosa International Film Festival trip, David Williamson interview & more Speaking Daggers news! #Shakespeare #film #filmmaking

Part 2 of our final quarter ’round up of news from the Republic featuring Speaking Daggers and O, Mistress Mine … read on to find out about our latest clutch of awards and more!

Over the past three months, we’ve  had our short film Speaking Daggers continue on it’s international film festival tour, and what a run we’ve been having! Since our last update, the film has been officially selected for the Cape Town International Film Festival in South Africa, รŽle Courts International Short Film Festival in Mauritius and the Fisheye Film Festival in the UK, where it was also nominated for “Best Hair & Make Up”! We were also delighted to learn that it had won the “Rising Star Award” at the 2018 Germany International Film Festival! Amazing!

Sally, Billy and Cinematographer, Shaun Herbertson also managed to attend the Noosa International Film Festival, where the film was an official selection and had it’s Queensland Premiere in October, which was a fabulously fun trip. Here is a quick slideshow of photos from the four days of the festival:

The screening for the film went off brilliantly, with a fantastic response from the nearly full house at the Noosa J Theatre and so many people coming up to Sally and Billy afterwards to say how much they loved the film. It wasn’t all swanning around on red carpets and being flattered by lovely audience members, however! We also did some filming for our other current project Champion: The Franz Stampfl Story (a documentary), interviewing the wonderful Australian playwright, David Williamson, who lives in the area and was also a special guest at NIFF. All ’round it was a fantastic trip.

Director Sally McLean with David Williamson in Queensland in October. Photo by Tammy Law.

Speaking Daggers has now been officially selected for 20 international film festivals, winning four awards to date. Amazing run for not just a short film, but a short film in Shakespeare’s language!


The song from Speaking DaggersO, Mistress Mine – composed and performed by Jaron Natoli using Shakespeare’s lyrics has also been acknowledged with it’s own wonderful award! Last week we received the news that the piece had won “Best Original Song For A Film” at the 2018 American Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles! So thrilled! This is on top of the music video for the song being nominated for “Best Song In A Music Video” and “Best Budget Under $1,000” at the Music Video Awards in Utah, USA. Huge congrats to Jaron and all the team for this success!

AmTracks Win Announcement featuring Scott Major as “Falstaff”

To see all the awards, nominations and official selections all of Incognita’s projects have received so far, check out Sally’s filmmaker profile on the festival submission platform, here.

To find out all about how Shakespeare Republic has been doing on the international circuit, check out our blog post about the awards, festivals and more for that project from earlier this week here.

Coming up before the end of the week – Part 3 of the news round up for the Republic. Lots more news to come, including some announcements about Season Three of Shakespeare Republic!

Stay tuned and see you back here in about 24 hours’ time … ๐Ÿ™‚

Speak anon,

Sally & Billy
Executive Producers
Shakespeare Republic