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To Be Romeo & Juliet


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Documentary by Saskatchewan's Robin Schlaht

Accompanies actors as they prepare to portray Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in three very different stage productions in three different countries. Emotional meltdowns, twisted ankles and cast mutinies are all part of what it takes to be Romeo and Juliet at a youth summer camp production in Guelph, Canada, an amateur production in Reading, England, and a professional production at the Chilean National Theatre, in Santiago.

DVD - 103 minutes plus 20 minutes of extras - 2008

From Regina filmmaker (and NAC founder) Robin Schlaht


“Ultimately this film is a joyous experience, not just in its exploration of theatre, but of that old barnacle human nature.” -Ruth Hessey, Time Out Sydney


“A fascinating journey for lovers of theatre, this engrossing documentary takes us from the drama of auditions to the thrill of opening night....Yet as the charismatic actors transform themselves into the timeless, tragic lovers, the film becomes about something more than theatre, revealing our very attitude to love itself. From the nervous first kiss of adolescent actors to the sensual hip-hop acrobatics of seasoned professionals, this is Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen it before.” -Possible Worlds Film Festival


“Raw, revealing...sets the standard for arts documentary.” -Nichola Pichard, Sydney Arts Journal



NAC Item Number: D0039

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