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Films announced for Shakespeare’s Sister gender diversity scheme

Date posted: 24.02.2016

We are pleased to announce Marina and Adrienne and WYRDOES as the two films commissioned for Shakespeare's Sister, our joint initiative with the British Council supporting female filmmaking talent.

The project seeks to address the continued underrepresentation of women in lead creative roles, despite the proven commercial success of many films written and directed by women, and is part of our Shakespeare on Screen programme.

The two films were chosen following an intensive selection process which saw some 265 applications. They will both receive £15,000 in production funding, along with expert mentoring from Film4 and membership to Women in Film & TV.

Deborah Sathe, Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London, said: "Let's be frank: 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.

With women still so woefully underrepresented in lead creative roles - despite their huge bankability - we think Shakespeare's Sister will serve as a calling card for the filmmakers we've selected and as a showcase for female talent as a whole."

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "Both Marina and Adrienne and WYRDOES are exactly what we wanted from this project: smart, sharp, exciting riffs on Shakespeare's work that highlight exactly why his plays, prose and characters continue to resonate 400 years after his death."

The films

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

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!

Shakespeare's Sister is part of Film London's Shakespeare on Screen programme, which is running alongside the Shakespeare400 global commemorations.

Shakespeare on Screen involves a range of exciting new productions celebrating Shakespeare's life, legacy and enduring appeal, which will be screened nationally and internationally in partnership with the British Council, the BFI, and a host of venues and cinemas around the world.