All Is True (12A) Film / Cinema


A biographical drama in which William Shakespeare retires from his writing career to spend time with his family.

But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles…

There is no filmmaker better suited to bring a story about the life of William Shakespeare to the big screen than Sir Kenneth Branagh. As an actor and director, throughout his long career, Branagh has had a special affinity with and talent for the famous bard’s work and he approaches this tribute to the great man’s final years with sensitivity, grace and gentle humour.

Working from a script written by Ben Elton, *All Is True *begins in 1613 as an ageing Shakespeare returns home to Stratford following a disastrous performance of his final play Henry VIII, where a cannon misfired, causing the playwright’s beloved Globe Theatre to burn down. The long absent genius receives a lukewarm reception from his family – older wife Anne (Dame Judi Dench) and adult daughters Susanna (Lydia Wilson) and Judith (Kathryn Wilder). Now a man of leisure, the retired bard fills his days with less literary pursuits, notably gardening. But other concerns soon come to occupy his time – a local dispute, and aspersions on Susanna, stemming from the religious tensions in an England where the Puritans are on the rise. He also receives a visit from the Earl of Southampton (Sir Ian McKellen), believed by some to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s love poetry.

Elton, known more for his broad comedy, brings a more melancholy and insightful tone to this, imagining what it must have been like to live with such artistic talent, especially at the ebb of an illustrious career. It goes without saying that Dench and McKellen are terrific but the real star here is Branagh, who brings a depth of pathos and warmth to this role he was born to play; a true joy to watch. “All Is True” is quality British filmmaking at its very best.

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Date(s)22 - 19 Feb 2019
VenueThe Mowlem Theatre
AddressShore Road, Swanage, Dorset, Swanage, Dorset,
BH19 1DD

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Event Details

Date22 - 19 Feb 2019
Time(s)7:30 PM - 9:25 PM
CostAdults £7.50, concessions £6.50, children £5.50
VenueThe Mowlem Theatre
Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 1DD
Phone01929 422239
CategoryFilm / Cinema


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