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Measure for Measure (2019)

The lives of inhabitants of a housing commission tower whose paths cross after a shocking event occurs on their front doorstep.


Paul Ireland




Credited cast:
Hugo Weaving ... Duke
Daniel Henshall ... Lukey
Harrison Gilbertson ... Claudio
Mark Leonard Winter ... Angelo
Doris Younane ... Karima
Gerald Lepkowski ... Boyle
Fayssal Bazzi ... Farouk
John Brumpton ... Percy
Megan Smart ... Jaiwara
Josh McConville ... Ice Man
Malcolm Kennard ... Sutherland
Christie Whelan Browne Christie Whelan Browne ... Jenny
Claude Jabbour ... Hassan
Finn Ireland ... Timmy
Wally Elnour Wally Elnour ... Basketballer
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A film that goes head first into the lives of inhabitants of a housing commission tower whose paths cross after a shocking event occurs on their front doorstep. Claudio is an aspiring musician with a tough upbringing , while Jaiwara is a university student from an immigrant family tragedy brings their first meeting. Duke is an ageing crime boss who does things his way, Angelo is his troubled crime prince who aspires to be the boss And go his own way. A story of justice, loyalty, cultural struggles and a beautiful love story underpinning and at the centre of the film, a tale of love and hate. Power struggles all played out masterfully on the screen. Written by Captain_yobbo

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An interpretation of William Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', set in Melbourne's notorious commission flats, that provide the setting for an exploration of love, loyalty and justice.




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3 of the cast from Director Paul Ireland's first film Pawno star in this film. See more »

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A good adaptation of the William Shakespeare play
6 October 2019 | by kaneeddySee all my reviews

Measure for Measure does a lot of things right, starting with very good performance's from the whole cast especially Hugo Weaving, Harrison Gilbertson and Megan Hajjar, who all add a lot of emotion and put a large amount of passion in the film and it most definitely reflects well with their performances. The writing for the most part is well done, and you can definitely respect the talent of writers, Paul Ireland and Damian Hill for condensing a 4 hour Shakespeare play into a 2 hour adaptation with its own unique spin. The whole decision of making the film have an Australian underbelly, featuring two opposing gangs was unique and in that you get to explore the nitty gritty side of Melbourne at times which is very interesting to see. The shots of the city landscape during the film are also well done and at times can feel like a love letter to Melbourne.

This film is not perfect however, and I think some of it has to come from the source material, there are elements to the film that seem very sappy and cheesy at some points. Also the opening scene has some themes that make the film very intense and adds some serious weight whilst also speaking on some issues that Australia has faced when it comes to Crystal Meth, then it takes a complete 180 and becomes a love story for a good portion of the film which makes it hard to adjust to these differences. The film takes a good amount of time to find its footing, however once it did the film became very enjoyable to watch.

Overall I had a good time with Measure for Measure and it was an excellent experience to see this at the Brisbane International Film Festival and go to a Q & A with Director Paul Ireland, I just wish it had found a more harmonic balance between the gang and romantic themes in the story, especially in the beginning of the film.

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