The Waking Dream

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  • Scheme: Still Shakespeare
  • tags: Animation
  • People: Farouq Suleiman & Ben Sayer
  • Duration: 3'20"

The Waking Dream Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2016


  • Artist: Farouq Suleiman & Ben Sayer

Inspiration: Macbeth

An exploration of iconic imagery of Lady Macbeth

The Waking Dream is a short animation that explores the images of Lady Macbeth. As the title suggests, it unveils these images through Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking state. The film explores the themes of guilt and responsibility. It particularly plays with the ‘bloody hand’ motif and the Lady’s inability to ‘out damned spot’. The conjured images are re-creations and re-interpretations of popular images of Lady Macbeth that can be found in theatre, film, posters and the broader media. Funded by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network and King’s College London in association with Sherbet

For Film London:
Head of Artists’ Moving Image: Maggie Ellis
Senior FLAMIN Manager: Rose Cupit
FLAMIN Project Officer: Marta Michalowska

For King’s College London:
Professor of English and Director of London Shakespeare Centre: Gordon McMullan
Head of Programming, Cultural Institute: Leanne Hammacott
Research Student, Department of English Language & Literature: Sally Barnden

Still Shakespeare is inspired by original research by Sally Barnden

Director: Farouq Suleiman
Art Director: Ben Sayer
Producer: Jonathan Bairstow
Original Music & Sound Design: The Northern Film School

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