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As You Like It

Synopsis
Low-budget, feature-length version of the play in a modern urban London setting. According to The Guardian (2019), director Christine Edzard makes it into a ‘thinly veiled commentary on the inequalities of post-Thatcherite Britain’.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1992
Duration
1114 mins

Credits

Director
Christine Edzard
Producer
Celia Bannerman; George Reinhart; Oliver Stockman
Cinematographer
Robin Vidgeon
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Michel Sanvoison
Cast
Emma CroftRosalind
Celia BannermanCelia
Andrew TiernanOrlando
Griff Rhys JonesTouchstone
James FoxJaques
Andrew TiernanOliver
Cyril CusackAdam
Don HendersonDuke Senior
Don HendersonDuke Frederick
Ewen BremnerSilvius
Miriam MargolyesAudrey
Murray MelvinSir Oliver Martext
Roger HammondLe Beau
Tony ArmatradingCharles
Valerie GroganPhebe

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
1990s
Plays
As You Like It
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget $1.5m

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a continuity script.
History
.The film did not get a theatrical release in the US.
Figures
Less than £30,000 at the UK box office.
Reviews
Abbate, Alessandra ‘There is no such thing as... ‘a Forest’: Criticism of Thatcherite Britain in Christine Edzard’s AS YOU LIKE IT’ , Shakespeare Bulletin 23, no.4 (2005), pp. 33-45. The article argues that the film is weakened by a happy ending ‘that works for the preservation of conservative policies and the socio-economic status quo’.

Production Company

Name

Grices Wharf

Phone
071-231 2209
Fax
071-231 2119
Address
119 Rotherhithe Street
LONDON
SE16 4NF
Notes
contact: Ianthe Kazuka
Name

Sands Films

Email
info@sandsfilms.co.uk
Web
http://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7231 2209
Fax
020 7231 2119
Address
Squirrel Films Distribution
119 Rotherhithe Street
London
SE16 4NF

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Buena Vista Home Video

Address
Middlesex
TW7 5QD
Name

Retail outlets

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