In our final part of the A Summer Hamlet mini series we say goodbye to director Helen Lawson and look forward to the screening at the Shakespeare Film Festival on 24 October. A Summer Hamlet will be screened at the Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse cinema at 5.20pm on Thursday 24 October.
What are your hopes and plans for the film? Any festivals you really want to see it in?
I would love to see the film go to as many festivals and have as many public screenings as possible. It’s great to hear an audience laughing during the film, and it’s lovely when people tell you afterwards that it touched them, made them cry, or reminded them of an experience of their own. We’ve had Hay and Isle of Wight so far, and there’s the Shakespeare Film Festival and Cornwall Film Festival coming up, and hopefully more to come. I’d love to see it in some of the European and American festivals, and it would be wonderful if we got into some of the London festivals so we could bring it home! Hawaii would be nice too…
Have you learnt anything from this project, or from observing a play on tour that you will take into future work?
I’ve learnt a huge amount from everyone involved, so it would be hard to sum up. The main thing might be that the project confirmed what I’d always hoped, which is that you can make a documentary without contriving anything, and that your job is just to figure out the best way to let a story tell itself.
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