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Within the world of theatre the rehearsal room is a sacred space -- the private domain where boundaries are pushed, risks taken, mistakes made, vulnerabilities exposed and, at its very best, magic created. It's not a place into which the public is often, if ever, invited. Until now; In The Company of Actors features an ensemble of Australia's finest actors, including Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, as they prepare to perform the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Hedda Gabler, at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Opening night is just five weeks away and the pressure is on. Written by
Shark Island Productions
To the casual viewer, this could be any program broadcast on the ABC's "Sunday Arts Show".
In The Company of Actors is an observational documentary focusing on the Australian cast and crew of Hedda Gabler as it prepares for its New York debut.
Stylistically, In The Company of Actors offers nothing new or exciting to the world of documentary. To the casual viewer, it could be any program broadcast on the ABC's Sunday Arts Show. However, what it does offer the viewer is a wonderful insight into the world of stagecraft and it's actors. This is mainly due to its two central figures, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving. It is their international status that draws the attention of the viewer. It is because of them that we are compelled to view this film and why we are drawn into the inner workings of the play. To many, Hedda Gabler is just a play. In The Company of Actors gives it a more rounded life. It makes the viewer see it as a living and breathing entity. We are drawn into what makes the play come alive on stage.
For those aspiring to be actors, this documentary provides the perfect platform to view what goes on backstage. It allows you to see how the play ticks by letting us into its inner workings. For those that think that acting is an easy and laid back job, this will make you think again. The work and dedication put into this play by cast and crew is staggering. It makes us see the actors in a different light and makes us respect their job even more.
By opening the stage door to us, Ian Darling has invited the viewer into a world we rarely see. One where we "enter as individuals and leave as an audience," united in the world of stagecraft.
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