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5 May 2003 (UK) See more »
Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Tim Supple 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Andrew Bannerman (teleplay) and
Tim Supple (teleplay)

Produced by
Trevor Eve .... executive producer
Rachel Gesua .... producer
Victoria Goodall .... line producer
Original Music by
Nitin Sawhney 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney 
Film Editing by
Richard Milward 
Production Design by
Tom Pye 
Art Direction by
Nick Gottschalk 
Costume Design by
Jemima Cotter 
Makeup Department
Alex King .... hair stylist
Alex King .... makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair stylist
Marese Langan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nina Sagemoen .... production manager
Victoria Trow .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victoria Banks .... second assistant director
Ben Hughes .... first assistant director
Christian Rigg .... third assistant director
Art Department
Clare Andrade .... production buyer
Anthony Luvera .... set dresser
Paul McBride .... prop hand
Neville Taylor .... prop hand
Adi Wolofsky .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Rodney Berling .... dialogue editor
Oliver Brierley .... sound assistant
James Feltham .... dubbing mixer
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Nigel Heath .... dubbing mixer
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Dan Morgan .... dialogue editor
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor
Tommy Staples .... boom operator (as Tom Staples)
Special Effects by
Andy Wood .... special effects
Vincent Keane .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Broome .... key grip
Sonny Burdis .... best boy
Jasper Dade .... rigger
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Mary Kyte .... first assistant camera
Kylie McConnell .... third assistant camera (as Kylie Plunkett)
Hilda Sealy .... second assistant camera
David Smith .... gaffer
Casting Department
John Cannon .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eliza Hunter .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Alan Bishop .... colorist
Rob Cooper .... on-line editor
Mick Reilly .... assistant editor
Matthew Streatfield .... trainee assistant editor
Location Management
Dominic Barlow .... location manager
Other crew
Andrew Bannerman .... adaptor
Polly Cork .... production assistant
Sharon Maughan .... executive: Projector Productions
Nigel Neads .... location accountant
Mark Schofield .... production assistant
Darko Stavrik .... set production assistant
Tim Supple .... adaptor
Adam Teeuw .... floor runner
Peter Winstanley .... production accountant
Pu San Wong .... script supervisor
Charles Haswell .... thanks

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A surprisingly good and very interesting version of my personal favourite Shakespeare play, 18 August 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I do like a lot of Shakespeare's plays, the language is not as easy to understand but some synopsis reading and some lessons on Shakespeare, like I had to do for English GCSEs and A Levels, will do just the trick. They have compelling stories and characters, and I love the poetic and witty style of the language. As much as I do love the likes of Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor(or Falstaff if you are an opera fan), Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night is my personal favourite. It is deliciously funny and contains some of Shakespeare's most poetic prose(Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra also).

This 2003 version is not the definitive Twelfth Night for me. My favourite is between the 1980 and Branagh adaptations, and the Trevor Nunn film is excellent too for its great acting and exquisite visuals. I did find Sir Andrew rather cardboard, though Richard Bremmer did his very best with the role and does gain some chuckles, and two performances didn't work. Chiwetel Ejiofor is certainly handsome as Orsino but his performance has no real insight or motivation. David Troughton I do like, but even for a very rustic character like Sir Toby I did find him a little too coarse. While I did like the melancholic feel that the adaptation has, making the play more dimensional and more than a comedy(though essentially it is that) I did feel some parts did drag.

Conversely, this Twelfth Night does look great. I always like gorgeous scenery and photography and there is plenty of that here. The songs are beautifully incorporated and have a nice sense of rhythm to them. The dialogue still has its poetry and is still hilarious, especially with Malvolio, while the melancholic aspect is done surprisingly well. There are some interesting touches, such as the asylum seekers subplot and the Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Feste and Maria spying on Malvolio via CCTV, and the multi-cultural aspect proved good, not just from a historical perspective but also it makes the play more accessible to a wider audience and ethnic minorities(or so I think). The performances are very good on the whole, Claire Price is very moving as Olivia, and there is a very amusing Feste from Zubin Varla. The standouts though were Parminder Nagra, who is not just entrancing to look at but her Viola looks very natural, and Michael Maloney's brilliant Malvolio, I did have a good giggle at the sight of him in yellow tights (pretty) hideous as they were.

Overall, interesting and surprisingly good. Maybe not the ideal version for everybody, especially traditionalists, but for those looking for solid fun this is a good watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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