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More Strange Than True (2016)

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After beheading her husband, Queen Titiana takes over the mystical woods where lost souls and ghouls wander about confused in this surrealist film inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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Benjamin Rider

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Benjamin Rider, William Shakespeare (inspired by his play "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louise Tyler Louise Tyler ... Queen Titiana
Niels Hanrath ... Puck
Richard Zanik ... King Oberon / Young Man
Matthew Hartley ... Luke
Laurie Field Laurie Field ... Beattrice
Clarissa Hagan ... Matilda
Richard Summers-Calvert ... Snuggle
Makenna Guyler ... Heden
Ethan Taylor Ethan Taylor ... Corn
Emily Stride ... Helena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katie Beudert ... Mourner / Young Woman
Julie Binysh Julie Binysh ... Cobweb 1 / Cobweb 2
Paulina Brahm ... Luna
Kirsty-Marie Day Kirsty-Marie Day ... Poet
Claire De Boer ... Vivian
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After beheading her husband, Queen Titiana takes over the mystical woods where lost souls and ghouls wander about confused in this surrealist film inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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£1,000 (estimated)
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Principle photography with the cast of the film was completed in seven days over three months. The superimposed exterior shots were shot sporadically without a crew by Rider himself. See more »

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References 4 Devils (1928) See more »

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Shakespearean madness in double exposure
10 September 2017 | by arthouseloveSee all my reviews

Here's the truth - this film is hardly an adaptation, though it never claims to be. It is, instead, listed as being 'inspired by' the play. And that is what it does brilliantly.

Have you ever seen a Shakespeare rendering so bizarre it almost reinvigorates the idea of staging the plays, or their stories for that matter? Who would have ever thought of double exposing A Midsummer Night's Dream in a darkly set wood with stark flashlights?

This film achieves much more than one could expect from a low-budget indie - its both bold in terms of style, and sharply written: hitting notes of youthful escapades, cinephile film references, and brashly feminist with its approach to tackling the ideals of marriages and pressures young people have to grow up. And the cast throw themselves into their roles brilliantly, absorbing the madness with their scenes.

People complaining about how this film is cheap, or is a bad staging of the play, aren't getting it. Its an experiment, not a big budget Hollywood event for the popcorn viewers.

Sure, its a far shot from a classic, or even a great film, but it is really original. And for that, and its special technological look - one which appears almost like an art instillation, I think it earns high appraisal.


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