Shakespeare’s Sister was a short film initiative which aimed to help address the gender imbalance in film by giving female filmmakers funding and support to showcase their talent, with films inspired or informed by Shakespeare's plays, poems, characters or life.
The scheme was a joint initiative with the British Council, and part of our Shakespeare on Screen programme for the Shakespeare400 celebrations.
Two films were chosen following an intensive selection process which saw some 265 applications and a shortlist of six projects.
Both of the selected projects received £15,000 in production funding, along with support and development from Film London, expert mentoring from Film4 and membership to Women in Film & TV.
Marina and Adrienne
Written/directed by Lucy Campbell and produced by Loran Dunn, Marina and Adrienne is inspired by 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre'. The film sees fugitive lovers Marina and Adrienne posing as fishermen and finding work on a trawler. Far out at sea, a ferocious storm picks up and Marina, revealed to be female and pregnant, gives birth on board, amongst the oil, ice and fish, to the shock and wonder of the old fishermen, but dies in childbirth. In the grip of the merciless storm, and driven by superstition, the fishermen insist the body goes overboard, with the baby - the only way to placate the sea's fury.
WYRDOES is a comedy inspired by 'Macbeth', written and directed by Nat Luurtsema and produced by Jennifer Eriksson and Iona Westlake. Three sisters - Elsab, Magrit and Merope - battle through poverty and rumours that they're witches just because they're a little 'wyrd'. Through accidental tragedy, murder and war, the downtrodden Wyrdoes finally fight back!
“Audiences are missing out when the film industry ignores the voices and talents of female storytellers, and a significant part of Film London's work lies in trying to ensure that the capital's industry is as vibrant and diverse as the city itself.”
Deborah Sathe, previous Head of Talent Development and Production, Film London