As the world celebrates Shakespeare 400 years after his death, the BFI, the British Council and Ian McKellen will unveil BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film in India in May. With no other writer impacting so greatly on cinema, this programme explores on an epic scale how filmmakers have adapted, been inspired by and interpreted Shakespeare’s work for the big screen. As part of Shakespeare Lives, the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign’s major global programme for 2016, celebrating Shakespeare’s works and his influence on culture, education and society, the BFI has curated an international touring programme of 18 key British Shakespeare films that will go to 110 countries – the most extensive film programme ever undertaken. Of these, 11 will be screened across the 9 Centres of the British Council in India.
To launch the program in India, award-winning actor and writer Sir Ian McKellen will travel to Mumbai to present and discuss Shakespeare on Film, in collaboration with Mumbai Academy of Moving Image Film Club & the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai.
In addition to being the guest of honour at the Queens’ Birthday Party, Sir Ian will also participate in the following exciting events
23 May 2016: Sir Ian McKellen in conversation with Aamir Khan, in association with MAMI
Venue: Tata Theatre, NCPA
24 May 2016: An exclusive screening of Richard III, by Richard Loncraine starring Sir Ian McKellen in the eponymous role. Sir Ian will introduce the film and after the screening will participate in an interactive Q&A session with the audience. In Association with MAMI
Venue: Godrej Theatre, NCPA (Invite only)
25 May 2016: Launch of the 7th Kashish Mumbai International Queer Festival - Guest of honour is Sir Ian
Venue: Liberty Cinema
Friday 26 May 2016: Children’s interactive event with Sir Ian in the morning
Venue: B D Somani International School
Friday 26 May 2016: Sir Ian is the guest of honour at the Queen’s Birthday Party
Venue: The Taj Mahal Palace