A fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence.
Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed stage production, Gregory Doran's film for BBC Television sets the action in post-independence Africa. With echos of the recent overthrow of dictators during the 'Arab Spring', the production explores the implications of political assassination and the unpredictability of its aftermath.
Shot on location and also in the RSC's theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, Julius Caesar is a sumptuous film that features the original cast of a startling and arresting production. Actors include Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Jeffry Kissoon as Caesar, Cyril Nri as Cassius, and Ray Fearon as Mark Antony.
The DVD includes The Making of Julius Caesar documentary, featuring interviews with key cast and crew.
It is just before the dawn. The Roman republic must be saved from dictatorship "When there is in it but one only man!" The only question is: how? There is a strong opposition among the ruling class to any one man becoming absolute ruler, and they have conspired to assassinate Caesar before he gets the chance to be crowned as emperor. There is only one thing missing among the conspirators - a leader - a man that everyone, from the lowest classes to the highest, holds in high regard because he is honourable, heart and soul, and, by default, incorruptible. Brutus. It is just before the dawn and, in a few hours' time, on the Ides of March, Caesar will either be hailed and proclaimed as absolute ruler, or the Republic will be drowned in an orgy of destruction.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by James Goode
featuring BTE Ensemble Members, Elizabeth Dowd and Andrew Hubatsek
January 28, 2012
This clip is from our most recent educational touring production. 2:02
Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College in Vancouver, BC, proudly presents Shakespeare's masterpiece of conspiracy, murder and chaos JULIUS CAESAR. On stage until February 26, 2012.
This clip, filmed by Janin Palahicky, features Kazz Leskard as Casca and Lindsay Winch as Cassius.
Directed by Scott Bellis.
Visual Concept & Set Design Amir Ofek
Costume Design Naomi Sider
Lighting Design Alan Brodie
Video/Projection Design Michael Sider
Sound Design Owen Belton