Sir Ian McKellen  ©

Sarah Dunn

About the visit

IN 2016 as the world celebrated Shakespeare's 400th death anniversary, the BFI, the British Council and Ian McKellen unveiled BFI Present Shakespeare on Film in India. 

To launch Shakespeare on Film series in India, a collection of films inspired by acts of Shakespeare, award-winning actor and writer Sir Ian McKellen came 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.

He unveiled the collection at the Jio MAMI Film Club on 23 May with a screening of Richard III, a 1995 Shakespeare classic that is set in 1930s England, directed by Richard Loncraine.

The film titles range from Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, The Tempest etc.

Few Mc kellen dates 

Dates Venue Event
23 May TATA theatre, NCPA, MUMBAI Master class with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan 
24 May Godrej Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai Screening of Richard III, followed by a Q & A with audience
25 May  Liberty Cinema, Mumbai Opening function of Kashish Film festival 

About the BFI 

The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. They combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.

It awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

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