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In The Company of Actors

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.
October 16, 2007


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
Wrapping: 2007
Length: 75 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding North America

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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