A New Look At ‘Hamlet’ Opens January 17 At Arena Cinema Theatre In Hollywood, Highlight Hollywood News

Nominated for four Leo Awards (British Columbia): Supporting actor- Stephen Lobo as Horatio; Supporting actress- Lara Gilchrist as Ophelia; Production design- Paul Joyval; Musical score- Schaun Tozer.


 Treachery, sex, murder, betrayal and revenge- the hallmarks of Shakespeare’s classic drama are still there, as director Bruce Ramsay adapts the story for a 21st Century audience, relocating the action to post WWII London, giving the action a nourish spin, and making the female characters (Gertrude and Ophelia) considerably more assertive.

Filmed entirely in Vancouver, B.C. with sumptuous production values that belie the film’s tiny budget ($27,000), the screenplay is faithful to Shakespeare’s text in most regards. Ramsay elaborates:


“My intent with Hamlet was to make it as fresh, and accessible as possible. By eliminating everything that happens outside of Elsinore and shedding any characters that are not a part of, or in direct service to the royal family, Hamlet the play, becomes Hamlet the classic cinematic genre, the family drama. The loss of a parental figure, the power vacuum that it creates, the self- reflection demanded by the lead character’s contemplation of his own mortality, all these themes are central to the piece, and very familiar in modern cinematic storytelling.”



Director Bruce Ramsay plays Hamlet. Peter Wingfield is Claudius. Gillian Barber is Gertrude. Duncan Fraser is Polonius. Haig Sutherland is Laertes.


Shakespeare aficionados will enjoy this fresh look at the material. For those new to the material, the film’s compact 88-minute running time makes for an ideal introduction to Shakespeare’s story.


WHAT: “Hamlet.” A new film. (Canada, 2014.) Color, 88 minutes.

WHO: Adapted and directed by Bruce Ramsay. Based on the play by William Shakespeare. From Breaking Glass Pictures. Starring Bruce Ramsay, Lara Gilchrist, Peter Wingfield, Gillian Barber, Stephen Lobo, Duncan Fraser and Haig Sutherland.

WHERE: Arena Cinema, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. Discounted parking is available with validation in lots adjacent to the theatre and across the street.

WHEN: January 17- January 23, 2014. Fri. at 6:05 p.m. Sat. at 4:30 and 6:05. Sun. at 3:30 and 5:00. Mon.- Thurs. at 6:10 p.m.


ONLINE TICKETING: http://arenascreen.com

INFORMATION: (323) 306-0676.


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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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