The unbelievable truth All is True, the new Shakespeare film, was released on 8th February All is True is, in equal measure, both brilliant and troubling. Here in Stratford we grub around, looking for clues about our greatest citizen William Shakespeare’s life. We take the tiniest scraps of information, the hints, maybes and what-ifs and endlessly try to piece together the puzzle of the great man’s life and origin of his genius. For this biopic, which looks at Shakespeare’s retirement years in Stratford, scriptwriter Ben Elton and director/actor Kenneth Branagh have taken all the wonky jigsaw pieces and fashioned them together with glitter glue and sticky tape to make a compelling story well worth the watching. Branagh is a great Shakespearian and this is undoubtedly a devotional endeavour. Great care has been taken in the film’s research. Obviously both Branagh and Elton, writer of the hilarious Shakespeare sitcom Upstart Crow, already knew more than most about … [Read more...] about REVIEW: Shakespeare biopic All Is True
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ALBERT Finney, the legendary Oscar nominated actor of Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall fame has died at the age of 82. A family spokesman today confirmed he passed away after a short illness. Details of his death have not yet been released but in 2011 it was revealed he was fighting kidney cancer. Born in the Salford village of Pendelton on May 9, 1936, Finney grew up as the son of a successful book-keeper, attending local schools before gaining a place studying drama at RADA. At the start of his career he was known as primarily a theatre actor and was frequently cast in William Shakespeare plays. But before long his versatility and ability to step into any role - no matter what the characters' age, nationality or background - made him a popular choice for directors as well as co-actors. He rose to fame in the 'kitchen sink' era which celebrated"northern" material in the late 1950s. His first film appearance was in John Osborne's The Entertainer in 1960, where he appeared … [Read more...] about Albert Finney dead aged 82 – Oscar-nominated movie legend who starred in classics Skyfall, Annie and Erin Brockovich dies
To be or not to be? That is the question. Or at least, what is fact and what is fiction? The new biopic from actor-director Kenneth Branagh seeks to tell the story of the final days of the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. The film follows Shakespeare's retirement to his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, as he attempts to reconnect with his wife Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters. With the past containing grief, unfulfilled romance and poor parenting choices, the film shows Shakespeare has much to contend with before he leaves this Earth. But how much of the film is true to history - or at least what we know from it? With help from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, here are the answers to the question on whether All Is True? All Is True: Is all of this true? Warning: spoilers for the film All Is True How did Hamnet Shakespeare die? Hamnet was the twin brother of Judith. They were baptised on 2 February, 1585, and 11 and Causes of death were not recorded in parish registers, which … [Read more...] about True story behind William Shakespeare biopic All is True
ALL Is True explores the retirement of English playwright Shakespeare as portrayed by Kenneth Branagh. Here's everything you need to know about the potential filming locations of the new flick... Where was All Is True filmed? Exact filming locations for the new flick are not known. However since All Is True is based on William Shakespeare's life, it's reasonable to assume that the movie was filmed in the playwright's birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon. Though he moved to London to write and direct his plays, he returned to his home town for a period of time each year to see his wife and children who remained there while he worked in London. It's also likely that filming took place at his famous Globe Theatre in Southwark. While living and working in London, Shakespeare owned a gate-house near the Blackfriars theatre which could feature in All Is True. He also penned many of his most famous works about Crosby Hall which could also serve as a filming location for the new flick. Where are the … [Read more...] about All Is True filming location – where was the Shakespeare movie filmed?
A SHAKESPEARE expert has separated fact from fiction after consulting on new film All is True which recounts the playwright’s final years. Dr Paul Edmondson, head of research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, was asked by director Sir Kenneth Branagh to advise on the script, which focuses on his family life in the years to his death following the fire which devastated the Globe Theatre in London in 1613. The film, which opens next month, highlights Shakespeare return to Stratford and his struggle to come to terms with the death of his only son Hamnet and to face his troubled marriage. Dr Edmondson, and fellow consultant, theatre and film expert Russell Jackson, were on standby to deal with queries during filming. He said: “Sir Kenneth Branagh’s new film arises out of his life-long passion for Shakespeare. From his early days of hitchhiking to Stratford-upon-Avon, Sir Kenneth’s love of Shakespeare – and it is a deep honest-to-God and open love – … [Read more...] about Shakespeare expert offers insight to family life ahead of Kenneth Branagh biopic ‘All is True’ release