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Borough of Kings

Alternative title
Brooklyn Sonnet
Synopsis
Independent feature film. Jimmy (Stanek) is eager to escape his apparent future as a low-level mobster in his Brooklyn neighbourhood. He aspires to be an actor and auditions for a role in a Shakespearean production and secures the role of Banquo in a New York Festival production of Macbeth when the veteran director (Dukakis) sees promise in Jimmy’s raw talent. But when Jimmy inadvertently discovers two of his boyhood hoodlum friends chopping up a body in order to conceal a mob-ordered murder, he becomes a liability and a target. The film concludes with a triumphant production of the modern, urban version of Macbeth set in New York’s streets.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
95 mins

Credits

Director
Elyse Lewin
Producer
Chris Brinker; Elyse Lewin; Patrick Newall
Cinematographer
Brian Pryzpeik; Nils Kenaston
Screenplay
Patrick Newall
Music
Alan Elliott
Production Design
Brook Yeaton
Art Direction
Ariadne J. Condos
Cast
James StanekJimmy O’Connor (Banquo)
Olympia DukakisHelen Manners
Patrick NewallTommy DeVito
Philip BoscoUncle Chicky

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Macbeth
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals; Auditions; Gangster films; New York Shakespeare Festival

Notes

Notes
Available from amazon.co.uk region 1 only.
General
Jimmy’s audition speech is ‘Thou hast it all now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all’ (III ii); a final detail is that Jimmy’s pet ferret is called Falstaff.

Production Company

Name

Avenue R Films

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
http://www.amazon.co.uk External site opens in new window

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