Henry V Live
This special screening and Q&A with Kenneth Branagh was beamed to 60+ cinemas across the country, live from Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre on Friday 27 May.
Kenneth was interviewed by Film London CEO Adrian Wootton, discussing his career directing, producing and performing Shakespeare, followed by a screening of his critically-acclaimed and star-studded adaptation of Henry V.
Kenneth Branagh said: “It’s a real privilege to be returning with Henry V - the first Shakespeare feature I directed - to the Queen’s Film Theatre in my home city, as part of this wonderful celebration of Shakespeare’s life, work and legacy on screen. The fact that Film London has organised the event so that will be beamed live to cinemas across the UK is particularly exciting.”
Earlier in the day there was also an ‘in conversation’ youth session that was filmed and will be used as an educational resource as part of this year’s Into Film Festival in November.
About Henry V
The young king, Henry V of England is determined to conquer France. But self-doubt, traitors in his midst, and the diminished morale of his army stand in his way. With courage, grit, and rousing speech, he readies his army for the great battle of Agincourt.
The impressive cast includes Kenneth Branagh as Henry, joined by Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm, Richard Briers, Geraldine McEwan, Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, and a young Christian Bale.
The film won numerous awards, including the Academy award for Best Costume Design, the BAFTA for Best Direction, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director, and European Film Awards for Young European Film of the Year and European Actor of the Year, along with Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor.
What the critics said
"I was emotionally stirred even though I had heard them many times before. That is one test of a great Shakespearian actor: to take the familiar and make it new."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Branagh has done two things Olivier never really managed: made it accessible, and more importantly, made it cinematic. A cracking interpretation of the material."
Anthony Quinn, Empire Online
"Kenneth Branagh has done it."
Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"Henry V is a stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents."
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