Abramorama picks up ‘Hamlet’ from Little Film Company

Good news for American fans, Hamlet is heading to the US! 🙂

The New York-based distribution outfit plans to release the film theatrically in Q1, 2016.

Abramorama has picked up US distrbution rights to the newly-filmed stage version version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) and directed by Margaret Williams.

Abramorama acquired from The Little Film Company, who picked up worldwide sales rights out of this year’s Cannes Marche.

The production was filmed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and also stars John Shrapnel, Barbara Marten, Gillian Bevan, Katie West and Thomas Arnold. Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed the stage play.

Picturehouse Entertainment opened Hamlet in the UK in March on more than 300 screens.

The film is executive produced for Genesius Pictures by Julian Gleek, Quidem Productions by Ralph Bernard and Simon Cooper, Royal Exchange Theatre by Fiona Gasper, and produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray.

Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama, negotiated the deal with Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company.

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Win 1 of 3 copies of Maxine as Hamlet DVD

Maxine Peake as HAMLET, the film of Sarah Frankcom’s acclaimed stage production of HAMLET at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, is out now on DVD and digital platforms.

Shown in over 300 UK cinemas, the film received 4 and 5 star reviews, and regularly played to sell-out audiences – as did the original theatre production. Filmed with eight cameras by an expert team, the film captures the intensity of the stage production with all the polish and care of a feature film.

The strong, poignant production depicts intense family drama and the power of grief. Maxine Peake’s fierce and textured Hamlet imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose.

To celebrate the DVD and digital release of Maxine Peake as Hamlet, we are giving away a copy of the DVD.

Buy it here and here.

To enter just send an email with HAMLET in the subject line to comps@film-news.co.uk Please list your name, EMAIL, home address and telephone number. Winners will be notified by phone/email.

It’s that simple! Best of luck!

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Win a copy of HAMLET featuring Maxine Peake on DVD

To mark the DVD and VOD release of Maxine Peake as HAMLET in Sarah Frankcom’s acclaimed stage production at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Britflicks is delighted to have 3 copies to give away.

The compelling stage-to-screen film, directed by Margaret Williams(Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, One Man Walking), sees Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, The Village, Silk) in the title role of Shakespeare’s iconic play, in which Hamlet, consumed by despair, struggles to exact revenge for his father’s murder, with devastating consequences.

The strong, poignant production depicts intense family drama and the power of grief. Maxine Peake’s fierce and textured Hamlet imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose. Filmed with eight cameras by an expert team, the film captures the intensity of the stage production with all the polish and care of a feature film.

Directed by award-winning Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Sarah Frankcom (Masque of Anarchy, Punk Rock, The Skriker), HAMLET played to sell-out houses throughout its run at the Royal Exchange. A stripped-back, fast-paced version, with moments of humour which rebalanced the gender casting, HAMLET received four and five-star reviews across the board.

Sarah Frankcom comments: “As a director I think you can only begin to think about doing HAMLET if you are absolutely passionate about a particular actor. Right from the beginning of this production it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.”

Maxine Peake was BAFTA-nominated for her performance in Hancock and Joan and is hugely respected for her performances in Red Riding and as Myra Hindley in See No Evil. She has a long relationship with the Royal Exchange Theatre and is now an Associate Artist. In 2014, her play Berylwas performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of HAMLET on DVD answer the following question.

HAMLET is played by what actress?

a) Maxine Evans

b) Maxin Trough

c) Maxine Peake

Email your answer to competitions@britflicks.com with HAMLET as the subject. Competition closes at midnight on Monday 21 September 2015.

HAMLET is available on DVD & VOD from 7 September 2015.

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet – DVD & Digital Release on Monday 7th September!

In case you haven’t heard, ‘Hamlet’ with Maxine Peake in the leading role will be released on DVD THIS MONDAY!

It’s a fantastic production and not to be missed!

In March, the film was shown in over 300 cinemas across the UK, selling out in many screens and gaining 4 and 5 star film reviews. You can buy your copy in shops or online via amazon UK.

Watch the official trailer here:

Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Thanks to Jess for emailing us about it!

Maxine Peake among the 9 of the best Hamlets ever!

Maxine Peake
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‘I’ve had emails from actresses saying thanks for doing this,’ Peake told us last year. ‘But, lovely as that is, it wasn’t a feminist statement. I just thought, why not?’ That kind of sums it all up, because Peake pulls out a performance that will rival any Hamlet that came before her. She’s fierce, but vulnerable, cutting and ferocious, proving so many more women should play Hamlet.

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HAMLET film starring Maxine Peake to premiere on Sky Arts this Monday!

Mark your calendars, Hamlet film will premiere on Sky Arts on 29 June!

Critically acclaimed on stage, celebrated in cinemas – the on screen success of Maxine Peake as Hamlet continues!

Screenings of the film version of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s sell-out production of HAMLET, with BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake in the title role and directed by the Exchange’s Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, have been watched by 34,831 people in 310 cinemas across the UK. Which came on the back of Maxine enthralling audiences during its sold out 7 week run last autumn. HAMLET was the Royal Exchange’s fastest selling show in a decade, with over 35,000 people seeing the production.

This unique production can now also be seen on Sky Arts on Monday 29 June at 8pm. Following this the film will be released on DVD in September this year, and can be pre-bought on Amazon here.

Sarah Frankcom commented: ‘Right from the beginning of this production, it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.’

In the spring of 2015 the film version equally thrilled cinema goers with many venues adding additional screenings due to demand and popularity. In May it received a market screening at Cannes and was one of 50 British films selected to be shown as a part of the prestigious London Screenings which take place in June. The development of the film enabled as many people as possible to see this acclaimed production.

The Royal Exchange’s Executive Director Fiona Gasper commented;
‘It’s our desire to make the work we do here as accessible as we can, creating a film version of this sold-out production meant that as many people as possible could share in and celebrate the work created at the Exchange and in Manchester. It has proved to be incredibly popular and we’re thrilled that it is now being broadcast by Sky Arts creating another opportunity to be part of this compelling production.’

HAMLET is brought to the screen by the Award-Winning film director Margaret Williams, whose work includes WRITTEN ON SKIN (Royal Opera House/BBC). It is produced by Anne Beresford of MJW PRODUCTIONS LTD and Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures. This is the team behind the much-praised film version of Britten’s opera PETER GRIMES ON ALDEBURGH BEACH.

Margaret said, ‘Being able to shoot creatively with eight cameras ‘in the round’ enabled us to capture the spirit of the play and create a visceral and cinematic experience’

The film version of HAMLET is supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Genesius Pictures, Quidem and the British Council. The Royal Exchange Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following in the making of the film: Oglesby Charitable Trust, Old Trafford Consulting Limited, Martyn & Valerie Torevell and all those who supported the theatre’s recent Catalyst project, including public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

MAXINE PEAKE is currently an Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her role draws on her considerable talents as one of the nation’s best-loved actors and also as a writer. Over the next year it will include opportunities for her to get involved in the theatre’s pioneering work with community groups and young people – and work with young actors from across the city.

MORE INFO ABOUT HAMLET THE FILM

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Cannes: Little Film Company acquires ‘Hamlet’ starring Maxine Peake

Cannes: Little Film Company acquires ‘Hamlet’ starring Maxine Peake

Exciting news! Hamlet is heading to Cannes and ‘The Little Film Company‘ has acquired worldwide sales of the film. Let’s hope Hamlet is heading to other countries soon as well so more people can enjoy this great version! 🙂

Newly filmed version of the stage production stars Maxine Peake as Shakespeare’s Dane.

Ahead of next week’s Cannes Marche, The Little Film Company has acquired worldwide sales the newly filmed version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything), directed by Margaret Williams. Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed the stage production.

The stage production, filmed using eight cameras, will screen in the Marché on May 18.

Following a successful run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Picturehouse Entertainment opened Hamlet across the UK on March 23 in more than 300 cinemas.

The production also stars John Shrapnel as Claudius/Ghost, Barbara Marten as Gertrude, Gillian Bevan as Polonia, Katie West as Ophelia and Thomas Arnold as Horatio.

The film is executive produced for Genesius Pictures by Julian Gleek, Quidem Productions by Ralph Bernard and Simon Cooper, Royal Exchange Theatre by Fiona Gasper, and produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray (Northern Soul).

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet: Whither wilt thou lead me?

There are still a couple of occasions left where you can see Maxine Peake as Hamlet! Here’s a new clip:

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.