Writer/Director: Sally McLean
Producers: Sally McLean & Billy Smedley
Cinematographer: Shaun Herbertson
Editor/Colourist: Thanassi Panagiotaras

Cast: Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Scott Major, Sally McLean, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli, Billy Smedley

Genre: Drama
Time: 12 mins

Web: http://www.speakingdaggers.com


Eight people enjoy a fine Spring day at an outdoor café. At first glance, it could be a scene from anywhere in the modern world until they begin to speak. Eight characters from five different Shakespeare plays discuss love, revenge, deceit and power in overheard conversations, set against the very Melbourne backdrop of coffee, cakes and waitresses in crisp white shirts.

Festivals (selected highlights):

WINNER Best Short Film – 2017 Peak City International Film Festival, Best Short Film – 2018 Berlin International Cinefest, Rising Star Award – 2018 Germany International Film Festival.

HIGHLY COMMENDED FINALIST Best Film Inspired By Shakespeare – 2017 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Film Festival FINALIST Best Short Film – 2018 Portugal International Film Festival, Best Short Film (International) – 2018 Brazil International Film Festival, Best Drama – 2017 International Short Film Festival Beveran, Best Short Film (Drama) – 2017 International Short Film Festival Kolkata, Best Hair & Make Up – 2018 Fisheye Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, 2018 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, 2018 Noosa International Film Festival, 2018 Cape Town International Film Market & Festival, 2018 Festival Île Courts, 2018 Riverside Short Film Festival, 2018 Unrestricted View Film Festival, 2018 Hamilton International Film Festival, 2018 Switzerland International Film Festival