• 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,…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E13 #DeanHaglund as #Iago #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    Season Two, Episode Thirteen, featuring the fabulous Dean Haglund as “Iago” from Othello is now available for your advance viewing pleasure on our YouTube Channel and you can view this new episode here: https://vimeo.com/210675216 “I follow him to serve my turn upon him …” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Iago” played by Dean Haglund as he plots his revenge – scheming in plain sight like the viper in the blossom. “… I am not what I am.” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Directed & Adapted by Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage & Perri Cummings Executive Producer: Robina Bamforth Associate Producer: Stephen Francis…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E12 Sally McLean as “Beatrice” #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    “Too cursed is more than cursed …” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Beatrice” played by Sally McLean – a rebel with a love of life and penchant for parties, who, despite her fine dresses, high heels and glamourous lifestyle knows a woman is more than the sum of her parts. “… Father, as it please me.” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Directed & Adapted by Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage & Perri Cummings Executive Producer: Robina Bamforth Associate Producer: Stephen Francis Wyley Director Of Photography: Shaun Herbertson Edited by Sally McLean & Thanassi Panagiotaras Sound Recording, Editing & Design by Tim McCormick Digital…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E11 Phoebe Anne Taylor as “Sebastian” #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    “My stars shine darkly over me …” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Sebastian” played by the engaging Phoebe Anne Taylor as she faces the loss of her sister and the consequences of now being all alone in the world. “… mine eyes will tell tales of me.” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Directed & Adapted by Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage & Perri Cummings Executive Producer: Robina Bamforth Associate Producer: Stephen Francis Wyley Director Of Photography: Shaun Herbertson Sound Operator: Abramo Peghini Edited by Sally McLean & Thanassi Panagiotaras Sound Editing & Design by Tim McCormick Digital Colourist & VFX:…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E10 Shane Savage as “Helena” #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    “… I love your son.” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Helena” (Hellinus) from “All’s Well That Ends Well”, played by Shane Savage, as he faces the mother of the man he secretly loves, who also happens to be his boss. “Let not your hate encounter with my love for loving where you do …” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Directed & Adapted by Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage & Perri Cummings Executive Producer: Robina Bamforth Associate Producer: Stephen Francis Wyley Director Of Photography: Shaun Herbertson Edited by Sally McLean & Thanassi Panagiotaras Sound Operator, Editing & Design by Tim McCormick…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E9 Tariro Mavondo as “Cleopatra” #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    “All’s but naught …” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Cleopatra” played by Tariro Mavondo as she faces the loss of the man who gave her strength and was taken too soon from her side. “… This case of that huge spirit now is cold …” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Featuring: Christopher Kirby as “Thomas More” Wahibe Moussa as “Katherina” Falon Ryan as “Edmund” Shane Savage as “Helena” Directed & Adapted by Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Shane Savage & Perri Cummings Executive Producer: Robina Bamforth Associate Producer: Stephen Francis Wyley Director Of Photography: Shaun Herbertson Edited by Sally McLean & Thanassi…

  • 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…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    Alan Fletcher as a Silver Fox – S2E8 “Making Of” featuring Alan Fletcher & Nadine Garner #ShakespeareSunday #WebSeries

    Come behind the scenes of Alan Fletcher’s episode as Jaques to see what happens on our only Sunday shoot (hint, we’re a little hysterical), how much fun a smoke machine is on set, how awesome both Alan Fletcher and Nadine Garner are to work with (as well as all our other cast and crew) and the emotional psychology behind the choices of some of the shots from Director, Sally McLean. Featuring Alan Fletcher, Nadine Garner, Falon Ryan, Billy Smedley, Jahran Schansemma and Troy Malcolm (Cast), Sally McLean, Shane Savage, Shaun Herbertson, Tim McCormick, Cassie de Colling, Jo Fletcher and Marg Woodlock-McLean (Crew). Filmed at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne by…

  • Episodes,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E8 Alan Fletcher as “Jaques” #Shakespeare #WebSeriesWednesday #WebSeries

    Season Two, Episode Eight of the new season, featuring the wonderful Alan Fletcher as “Jaques” from As You Like It is now available for your viewing pleasure on our YouTube Channel and you can view this new episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsHnKMKEHSw “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players …” Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Jaques” played by Alan Fletcher as he discovers that being the life of the party isn’t always as easy as it appears. “… one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.” Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard Featuring: Falon Ryan as “Edmund” Billy Smedley as “Henry V”…