A young film-makers's debut work sees Richard III controversially portrayed as leader of an apocalyptic future England under a fictitious fascist regime.
Jordan McGibney's Richard III: A Memoir of a King's Love premiered at The Short Cinema film festival, at Leicester's Phoenix cinema.
The film is a unique take on Shakespeare's villainous antihero, set 300 years from now in a country riven by civil war, where he rises to power allied to an organisation called the National Defence League.
The 19-year-old film-maker, who is a proud Yorkshireman, said: I wanted to put Richard into a post-modern world and create the circumstances where a character like him would come to power.
In my film, civil war has caused social collapse and a return to a feudal system of government.
Jordan said evoking thoughts of the English Defence League was deliberate.
If you look around the world you see civil strife, economic crisis, fuel shortages, war, he said. Our idea was this could happen in England.
The film is just over 11 minutes long and is part animation, part live action.
It features actor Kenton Hall, 36, of Leicester, and the work of animator Kieron Edwards, 35, who lives in the city's West End.
Jordan, who is studying film at New College, Nottingham, said his film and the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester were coincidence.
I made the film last year, he said. It took us five days to film but eight months to make. We followed what was happening in Leicester on the news.
For the Richard III Society, which funded much of the archeological project and whose mission has been to rehabilitate Richard's reputation, it is no laughing matter.
Society member Philippa Langley, who was involved in the dig, said: In Richard's lifetime he was known for being very just.
This young film-maker is probably very talented, but why go down the same old road. Why not research his history and put a different spin on Richard - do something new rather than roll out all the old slurs on his character. It's a film I won't be watching.
The film's producer, Luke Mc-Gibney, 42, said: This is our adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III, the character in the play, not the real man.
The film was a hit with festival-goers. I really enjoyed it, said Laura Wilkinson, 34, from Coalville. It was beautifullymade and thought-provoking.
Alexzandra Jackson, festival's organiser, said: Jordan's film is beautiful. It's a very modern adaptation and one that is very relevant to Leicester at the moment. Richard III: Memoir of a King's Love will be distributed on public release in 2014.
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