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New take on old classic ; Teenage filmmaker Jordan McGibney has modernised Shakespeare for his latest short film that is getting an airing at a...

July 16, 2013

YellowBrix

New take on old classic ; Teenage filmmaker Jordan McGibney has modernised Shakespeare for his latest short film that is getting an airing at a national festival this week. Liam Coleman spoke to the 19-year-old from Kimberley

What is Richard III: A Memoir of a King's Love about? It's a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play; a post- apocalyptic version featuring live-action and animation.

Where did the idea for the film come from? My family has always been very keen on Shakespeare and I think that we just wanted to bring something new to the genre. When we heard about theatre directors doing post-apocalyptic versions of Macbeth, we thought it would be fantastic to do something visually spectacular with Shakespeare's classic lines.

Did you stay true to the original text? We added context, but we tried to stay, as much as we could, to Shakespeare's text. He's such a legend within England, we didn't want to ruin his great work.

What made you want to start making films? After watching Singin' in the Rain I realised how powerfully film could affect people's emotions.

I started with my dad when I was 15.

Which other directors do you particularly admire? I'm very fond of Shane Meadows, because he's based in Nottingham - it's fantastic to come from a county that has such a great reputation for film.

Is this the first time any of your films have been recognised? Yes it is. It's a great honour to be recognised at national level. Hopefully I've done Nottingham proud.

Your six-minute film was chosen from hundreds submitted by young filmmakers, schools, youth and art groups from across the UK and beyond, to be screened at the Co-operative Film Festival. Were you expecting to do so well? Not really. I never expected the film to go so far and get such great reviews. You always hope it has potential, because you work so hard on it, but I never expected it to go to the level that it has.

Are you nervous about the screenings? A little bit. You never know what people are going to say. My hope is that the audience will see that I've added something original to Shakespeare. As long as they enjoy it and don't come out upset, that'll be fine.

Do you ever see yourself emulating former Co-operative Film Festival patron Edgar Wright, who directed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? I was actually able to meet him through the BFI Film Academy and it would be an absolute honour to be anything like him, because he's such a fantastic director.

Richard III: A Memoir of a King's Love will be screened at the Co- operative Film Festival at Bradford's National Media Museum from tomorrow until Friday. Find out more at co-operative.coop/ filmfestival.

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