October 19, 2011

You've Got Mail

This came in the post today whee!

A friend from Oz sent it.

It's a dvd called In The Company of Actors, a behind the scenes documentary of the Sydney Theatre Company production of Hedda Gabler with Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Anthony Weigh, Justine Clarke, Aden young, Julie Hamilton and Annie Byron. It played not only in Sydney but also at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2006. In fact, Lani saw it. But alas, it was way before this blog was created.

I had heard about the existence of the documentary about a year ago from another theatre geek friend who said that it was presented at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2008. Shark Island Productions produced a dvd but sadly, it is currently only available in Australia. Included in the dvd is a detailed study guide of the film. Isn't that a nice touch?

I haven't seen the film yet but surely I will post about it once I have. In the meantime, the description from the back of the cover reads:

"From a rehearsal room in Sydney through to opening night in New York, a company of actors reveals the magic and struggle of creating theatre".

Here's a trailer of the film:


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