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King Real and the Hoodlums

Synopsis
A musical grotesquerie based on the legend of King Lear. King Real lives in a nuclear submobile in which outrageous and horrific scenes of black comedy build up. A power struggle between the King and his daughters escalates until holocaust is triggered. The film was shot among the docklands of Barrow-in-Furness and involved over 200 unemployed local people.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1983
Duration
54 mins
Availability
Out of Distribution

Credits

Director
John Fox; Paul Haywood
Writer
Adrian Mitchell

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Historical period
Future
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Untrained actors

Notes

Notes
Concord Media distributed the film for several years but no longer have a copy (1/2016).
Reviews
Kershaw, B. ‘King Real’s King Lear:Radical Shakespeare for the Nuclear Age’ in Critical Survey 3 (1991), pp. 249-59.

Production Company

Name

Welfare State International

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