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Me and Orson Welles

Synopsis
Feature film. In New York in 1937, seventeen year-old Richard (Efron) meets theatre director Orson Welles (McKay), whom he convinces to give him the role of Lucius in the Mercury Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar. Welles, who is having an extramarital affair with the leading actress while his wife is pregnant, couples Richard with production assistant Sonja Jones to rehearse.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
2009

Credits

Director
Richard Linklater
Producer
Ann Carli; Marc Samuelson; Richard Linklater
Cinematographer
Dick Pope
Screenplay
Holly Gent Palmo; Vincent, Jr. Palmo
Music
Jools Holland
Production Design
Laurence Dorman
Costume
Nicolas Ede
Art Direction
Bill Crutcher
Cast
Christian McKayOrson Welles
Claire DanesSonia Jones
James TupperJoseph Cotten
Zac EfronRichard Samuels

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama production; theatre directors; Welles, Orson (1916-1985); Shakespeare, William; Stage directing; Rehearsals; Shakespeare on radio
Related items
Front Row [20/11/2009]
Me and Orson Welles - Study Dvd
Night Waves [02/12/2009]

Notes

Notes
To facilitate use of the film by schools, Film Education has created a website of study materials and film clips http://www.filmeducation.org/meandorsonwelles/ designed to stimulate debate, discussion and reflection on Orson Welles, Shakespeare, performance, theatrical production and filmmaking. This resource is accompanied by a free 34 minute Study DVD which can be ordered through the website.
General
Adapted by Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo from the novel of the same name by Robert Kaplow.

Locations included the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man and Crystal Palace Park where a facade of New York’s Mercury Theatre was set up for a scene.
History
Selected footage was screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival; the first full showing was at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Reviews
Roger Ebert in Chicago Sun-Times (September 14 2008) writes ‘Richard Linklater’s "Me and Orson Welles" is surely one of the best movies about the theater I’ve ever seen. And of the many screen portraits of Orson Welles, it is the one that best embraces the brilliance, the ego, the contradictions and the tempers of the man’.

Production Company

Name

CinemanNX

Name

Detour Film Productions

Name

Fuzzy Bunny Productions

Distributor

Name

Icon Home Entertainment

Web
http://www.iconmovies.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8492 6338
Address
Solar House
915 High Street
London
N12 8QJ
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