Timon’s Friendship Adventure

Date: 2007
Posted by: MosesHouse
Credits: Directed by Max Littman, writer/executive producer Michael Weinreich, produced by Lisa Shapiro, director of photography Maximilian Schmige, production manager Annie Wilkes, art director Janet Franco, editor Adriana Blancarte, gaffer/grip/camera operator Matthew Ace Palanca, music Edvard Grieg (Gavin Gamboa-piano, Timothy Beutler – drums, Luke Webb – guitar)
Cast: Jason Davids Scott (Timon), Lauren Bruniges (Sherry), Maximilian Schwarzenbach (Samuel), Martha Mintz (Beatrice), Eric Hedlund (Raphael), Merlin Huff (Edgar (Servant no. 1), Nicholas Owen Tapis (Servant no. 2), Miguel Juanreichez (The Gardener)
Duration: 7.12

Bloody modern dress, modern silent film (including intertitles, piano music and black-and-white cinematography), based on Timon of Athens (though in practice it seems to owe rather more to Titus Andronicus). As the film’s website puts it:

Timon’s Friendship Adventure is the story of a jovial, plump, rich man. His main concern is the happiness of those around him – so much so that his generosity soon results in his own bankruptcy. When he asks his friends for loans he discovers that friendship can sometimes be a one-way street.

Made in 2007 and featured at various film festivals. Just a shame about the electric guitar.

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The Seasons Alter

Date: 2002
Posted by: Futerra (and now keiraweb2)
Credits: Directed by Roger Lunn, produced by Rebekah Gilbertson, Ed Gillespie, Alan Graves and Solitaire Townsend, music by Matt Scott, cinematography by Dave Griffiths, editing by Lucia Zucchetti, production design by Jane Harwood, costumes by Suzanne Barnes, sound by Alison Bown
Cast: Cherie Lunghi (Titania), Mark Owen (Oberon), Keira Knightley (Helena)
Duration: 4.04

The Seasons Alter is a promotional film made by Futerra, an organisation campaigning for climate change. It makes ingenious use of dialogue between Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1 to highlight the issues of global warming, human complicity and human responsibility (“Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, Pale in her anger washes all the air, That rheumatic diseases do abound; And thorough this distemperature we see The seasons alter”). Cherie Lunghi plays Titania, Lloyd Owen is Oberon, and Keira Knightley is their ‘daughter’ Helena (of course, they have no daughter in Shakespeare’s play). The film has been widely distributed on assorted free video sites.

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