Having Cate Blanchett (Babel, The Aviator) and Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix) as the central players in your doc is certainly an obvious draw, but it’s the play behind the play that will keep viewers enthralled during In The Company of Actors. The 75-minute special follows the development of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Hedda Gabler, as it begins preparations for a run at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
It’s a traditional approach for a documentary film: keep the cameras rolling and keep out of the way. But the incredible access is the hook with this film. Shark Island captures all the intimate details as the play begins to take shape, as well as the struggles and conflicts that are required to make an ‘effortless’ performance come to fruition.
Partners: Shark Island Productions distributed through ABC Commercial
Length: 75 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding North America