Weaving magic at Byron Fim Festival
HUGO Weaving, William Shakespeare and Pawno director Paul Ireland will conspire to bring a full measure of drama, style and cultural heft to the Red Carpet Opening Night of the Byron Bay Film Festival next month.
The audience will be wowed by Ireland's re-imaging of Measure for Measure, brought up to date and set in Melbourne's gritty underbelly, where ice, vice and inter-racial rivalries make for a tense urban landscape.
Weaving's Duke, as invincible Capo, must make himself scarce for a while, the modern twist being the move is provoked by a racist outrage by one of his lieutenant's ice-addled customers.
Measure for Measure (or M4M) was a natural choice for Opening Night film, said festival director J'aimee Skippon-Volke.
"We support Australian filmmakers and this has everything: established stars and new faces on the rise; glossy cinematography; the glittering Melbourne cityscape in the background; topical interest, and a resolution that is a satisfying balance of joy and pain. Shakespeare would recognise the dichotomies and applaud.
"It's a perfect film to get everyone in the mood, both for the party afterwards and the 10 days of festival following.”
BBFF runs from October 18-27. Details and tickets available at BBFF.com.au