IRELAND • 2005 • 93 MIN

Shakespeare’s greatest play has been adapted for countless movies, the latest of which, produced by Derry Film Initiative, is a contemporary treatment shot on Digital Video in Derry and making full use of local accents and landmarks. In this version Hamlet himself is an avid filmmaker – played by the movie’s director, Stephen Cavanagh – and the play’s most famous soliloquy, ‘To be or not to be’, is delivered in Irish. Professor Mark Thornton Burnett has described the production as ‘a bold and new cinematic undertaking… combining striking visuals with resonant contemporary contexts, Cavanagh’s Hamlet is [an] engaging Shakespeare for our times.’

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