Royal Shakespeare Competition 2017
In November 2017, our Film Studies class split into two teams to both create short films which would include a Shakespeare quote. It was based upon the RSC’s challenge, inspired by its season of Roman plays. The film had to be based upon one of the following statements:
- Politics is inherently unfair in a system where it will always be the few making decisions on behalf of the many.
- The art of rhetoric has no power or place in modern politics.
- The qualities we admire in male leaders are seen as negative in women.
My team created a short film based upon feminism and included famous suffrage speeches and speeches from famous female activists. As a result, our film was short-listed and our Film Studies class was invited to a screening at the Barbican in London along with some other finalists.
As part of the process we had a specialist panel, including the RSC’s director Iqbal Khan, reviewing our films. Khan asked our group whether we minded celebrities such as Emma Watson speaking on our behalf to which we replied no we appreciated high profile women giving us a voice. Later, we were given tickets to watch Corialanus.
The whole trip was exciting and fun. We spent some time in London, went and had dinner at Pizza Express which was a fun highlight and got to see Ike, Liam and Mr Powell sprinting alongside the Thames.
Overall, spending the day with my peers and going to see our short film was a great experience and hopefully we’ll do it again.
The video below was created was Rachel Kelly, Emily Taylor, Lily Ward and Isobelle Davies-Watt.