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Twelfth Night

Synopsis
An intelligent and meditative interpretation emphasising class distinctions and sexual confusion, which ‘has dated better than most...and which captures the shadowy magic of the play well’ (The Guardian 2019).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1996
Duration
134 mins; 12,003 feet

Credits

Director
Trevor Nunn
Producer
David Parfitt; Stephen Evans
Cinematographer
Clive Tickner
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Trevor Nunn
Cast
Imogen StubbsViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Helena Bonham-CarterOlivia
Toby StephensOrsino, Duke of Illyria
Nigel HawthorneMalvolio
Ben KingsleyFeste
Imelda StauntonMaria
Mel SmithSir Toby Belch
Nicholas FarrellAntonio
Peter GunnFabian
Richard E. GrantSir Andrew Aguecheek
Steven MackintoshSebastian
Tim BentinckFirst Officer

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Victorian
Plays
Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
film adaptations; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Twelfth Night Video Pack

Notes

Notes
Available on BoB: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/1296ED32?bcast=128150036

Reviewed by Geoffrey Macnab in Sight and Sound, Vol 6 No 11 (11/96), p60. An extensive critical essay Trevor Nunn’s TWELFTH NIGHT: Contemporary Film and Classic British Theatre by Nicholas R. Jones in Early Modern Literary Studies’8.1(May, 2002):1-38 URL:http://purl.oclc.org/emls/08-1/jonestwel.htm
A clip from this version and the Renaissance Theatre Company production as well as interviews with Trevor Nunn, Imogen Stubbs and Ben Kingsley are included in the National Association for the Teaching of English video TWELFTH NIGHT VIDEO PACK.
Budget $5m
Figures
US domestic Total Gross $588,621 (Box Office Guru) 2005

Online Availability

Online URL
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/1296ED32?bcast=128150036

Production Company

Name

Fine Line Features

Name

Renaissance Films

Name

Twelfth Night Productions Ltd

Distributor

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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