As part of Shakespeare400, celebrating Shakespeare’s life 400 years after his death, Film London’s Shakespeare on Screen programme has been launched. One of the film initiatives being developed as part of the programme is ‘Shakespeare India: The Hungry’, a UK-India collaboration that situates a modern telling of ‘Titus Andronicus’. Nyman Libson Paul and Goldfinch Entertainment have been appointed as the accountants/finance consultants for the project.
Shakespeare is one of the world’s most well-known poets and playwrights. He was born around 1564 and lived until 1616, during which time he penned 38 plays and 154 sonatas as well as a variety of other works. Today his works are presented in every major language, with his work inspiring generations through the centuries. Since the early 19th century, his work has been brought from the stage to film.
To mark the 400 years since his death, a number of cultural organisations have come together in London and beyond as part of the ‘Shakespeare400’ celebrations. One of the initiatives being developed for the celebrations is the Film London’s Shakespeare on Screen programme. The programme involves major film and television screenings, touring programmes, lectures and illustrated talks, and a series of brand new Shakespeare-inspired productions including feature films, shorts and artists’ commissions. The British Film Institute has partnered up with the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives programme to display the Shakespeare on Screen creations developed as part of the programme.
One of the Shakespeare on Screen programmes is ‘Shakespeare India: The Hungry ‘. The UK-India production brings together Asian filmmaking talent. The film is written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (writer-director of Let’s Be Out and The Sun Is Shining) and co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam (line producer of 20,000 Days on Earth). The film is a modern adaptation of ‘Titus Andronicus’, set in the extravagant surroundings of an Indian wedding – with as themes the role of the patriarch and corruption in Indian politics and big business. The budget of the film is £300,000, which was raised by Indian funders, the Cinestaan Film Company and the UK SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme).
As part of the collaboration, a number of partnerships have been announced. Nyman Libson Paul and Goldfinch Entertainment have been named the accountants/finance consultants for the project, while Twickenham Studios will provide post-production support.