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Speaking Daggers


Love and revenge over coffee and cakes.

Eight Shakespeare characters. Five different plays. One café. This is Speaking Daggers.

Eight people enjoy a fine day at an outdoor café. At first glance, it could be a scene from anywhere in the modern world until they begin to speak. Eight characters from five different Shakespeare plays discuss love, revenge, deceit and power in overheard conversations using Shakespeare's original language, set against the backdrop of coffee, cakes and waitresses in crisp white shirts.

"… it’s lucky film and theatre aficionado Sally McLean has a passion for the Bard’s work … Speaking Daggers shows the best of Shakespeare." – Be Melbourne

“Famed for their work producing “bite-sized” Shakespeare, the team behind Speaking Daggers showcases the crème of Aussie talent.” -

"... Sally McLean has managed to put screen adaptations of Shakespeare back on the map." - The Realist WebFest

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Sally McLean
Writers: William Shakespeare, Sally McLean
Producers: Sally McLean, Billy Smedley
Key cast: Christopher Kirby, Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Scott Major, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli


Information for theatres: 

Student project: No
Completion date: 2017-05-01
Shooting format: RED
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: No

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