• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep6 – Sally McLean as Billie (Sonnet #18)

    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” And so, all good things must come to an end.  In our final episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic, meet Billie, played by Sally McLean (Utopia), as she shares with us arguably Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet in a truly Australian setting … with a bittersweet twist. “But thy eternal summer shall not fade …” Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage … Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Sally McLean Director of Photography: Shaun Herbertson Sound Recording, Editing & Design: Tim McCormick Unit Manager: Billy Smedley Producers: Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley Filmed on location in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Please Note: our Sound Recordist…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “Who ever lov’d that lov’d not at first sight?” … the making of Episode Five – Michala Banas as Phebe

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Michala Banas’ episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The danger of letting your Director of Photography get in front of the camera, the fondness Michala seemed to have found for the “bird” and the general silliness a night shoot can bring out in an over-tired cast and crew – 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: Sally McLean Additional Footage: James Dene Featuring: Michala Banas, James Dene, Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, Tim McCormick, Perri…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep5 – Michala Banas as Phebe

    “Think not I love him though I ask for him …” Meet Phebe, played by Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan, Nowhere Boys), as she gives us an uncomfortable insight into unrequited romantic obsession and the dangers of having access to modern communication devices when one too many alcoholic drinks have been imbibed. “I will write to him a very taunting letter …” Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage … Party Guests: Billy Smedley, Perri Cummings & Sally McLean Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Sally McLean Director of Photography: James Dene Sound Recording, Editing & Design: Tim McCormick Unit Manager: Marg Woodlock-McLean Producers: Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? … The Making Of Episode Four: Ben Steel as Juliet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Ben Steel’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. A slightly more compact behind the scenes video this week, showing the drawbacks of working with animals (even if you weren’t supposed to be) and the joys of filming in yet another bathroom, among other visuals make up this rather smooth sailing version of what went on behind the scenes in episode four. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Sally McLean Featuring: Ben Steel, Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Tim McCormick Edited by Sally McLean Produced by Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep4 – Ben Steel as Juliet (Jules)

    Episode 4 has landed, after a rather turbulent start to the week in Australian politics. We’re claiming we called it with Alan Fletcher’s episode in our first week, followed by Billy Smedley’s episode last week and thank Malcolm Turnbull and others in Canberra for watching!  (It’s the only way we can explain the uncanny timing of it all).  This week we move onto a new topic, featuring Ben Steel as “Jules” (Juliet) … “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” On the day traditionally celebrated in Verona as the birthday of one of their fair citizens who is thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s Juliet (from a novella by Luigi da Porto, Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti (“Newly found story of two noble…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Video

    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” … the making of Episode Three – Billy Smedley as Hamlet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Billy Smedley’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The need for crew to multitask when there are only a handful on set, malfunctioning props and some rather appropriate graffiti spotted on the other side of the road from where we were filming (which will hugely appeal to any gamers out there … Skyrim, anyone?) – 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: Sally McLean Featuring: Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, James Dene, Tim McCormick, Perri Cummings…

  • Episodes,  Video

    EPISODE: Shakespeare Republic S1 Ep3 – Billy Smedley as Hamlet

    Episode 3 is here, featuring Billy Smedley as … Hamlet! “Speak the speech, I pray you …” An imagined meeting behind the scenes at the highest level as we meet Hamlet played by Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) giving us a taste of what it must be like to be a political media adviser in the current climate. “… to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time it’s form and pressure.” Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage … Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Sally McLean Director of Photography: James Dene Sound Recording & Design: Tim McCormick Unit…