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Muse of Fire

United Kingdom | 2013 | 83 minutes | Giles Terera, Dan Poole

Tea with Dame Judi Dench. Chatting with Ewan McGregor and Alan Rickman. Polling people on the street. Two actors travel the globe to discover who loves, hates, and doesn’t understand Shakespeare in this warmhearted, shenanigan-packed adventure.

May 18, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 20, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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“All the world’s a stage.” In the English-speaking world, there is no greater writer than William Shakespeare. And yet, the Bard’s lofty reputation often acts as a barrier to modern audiences, who complain that his works are now dated, his language inaccessible. As schoolboys, both Giles Terera and Dan Poole felt alienated from Shakespeare’s works, but when the pair became professional actors, their viewpoint profoundly changed. How did they bridge this gap? If Shakespeare is so important and beloved, then why do so many feel estranged from his plays and poems? Together, Terera and Poole spent three years traveling the globe to find out just what everyone thinks about Shakespeare, including a visit to Elsinore Castle in Denmark with Jude Law, a meeting with Baz Luhrmann to discuss his adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, and taking tea with Dame Judi Dench, all the while never forgetting to discuss Shakespeare’s reputation with ordinary theatre patrons as well as people on the street. Packed with interviews from such notable thespians as Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hiddleston, Ian McKellen, and many, many more, Muse of Fire is a warm and engaging exploration of Shakespeare’s genius.

Director Biography

Dan Poole and Giles Terera attended Mountview Theatre School to train as professional actors. Along with a history in acting, Giles Terera has a background composing musical scores for both theater and film. Dan Poole is also a producer for television commercials, and acts in film, television, and does voiceover work. Both have extensive experience in British theater and have teamed together for their first documentary, Muse of Fire.

Sponsored by IATSE Local 488, Antioch University Seattle

Director: Giles Terera, Dan Poole
Principal Cast: Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Ben Kinsgley, Ian McKellan, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Dan Poole, Giles Terera
Screenplay: Dan Poole, Giles Terera
Editors: Ben Stark, Jeremy Shaw, Matthew Troughton
Music: Giles Terera
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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