Shakespeare on Film Season

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


In association with the University of Edinburgh, Filmhouse is proud to present a varied programme of Shakespeare adaptations by great filmmakers. Pushing across boundaries of language, genre and culture, the programme emphasises the diversity of approaches filmmakers have taken in responding to Shakespeare’s plays, going far beyond conventional renditions of the text. Screenings will be introduced by academics from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
Thursday 29 September (5:40pm): Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, 1948) – Introduction by Dr Dermot Cavanagh, English
Sunday 2 October (4pm): Public lecture by Dr David Sorfa, “Double, Double: Reflecting Shakespeare in Cinema”Tuesday 4 October (6pm): Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957) – Dr Chris Perkins, Japanese
Wednesday 5 October (6pm): To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) – Dr Jonny Murray, Edinburgh College of Art
Monday 17 October (6pm): A Double Life (George Cukor, 1947) – Dr David Sorfa, FilmSunday
23 October (6.10pm): Romeo, Juliet and Darkness (Jiri Weiss, 1960) – Dr David Sorfa, Film
Thursday 27 October (8:30pm): Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991) – Dr Suzanne Trill, English
Monday 31 October (6:05pm): Kiss Me Kate (in 3D) (George Sidney, 1953) – Dr Annette Davison, Music
Wednesday 2 November (6:15pm): Makibefo (Alexander Abela, 2001) – Africa in Motion Film Festival
Monday 7 November (8:50pm): A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (Woody Allen, 1982) – Dr Andrew Taylor, English
Tuesday 8 November (5:45 pm): Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989) – Dr Dermot Cavanagh, English
Monday 21 November (6pm): Forbidden Planet (Fred M Wilcox, 1956) – Professor James Loxley, English
Wednesday 23 November (6pm): Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965) – Dr Daniel Yacavone, Film
Period29 Sept 201623 Nov 2016
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • Film Adaptation
  • Cinema
  • Film Festival
  • Shakespeare