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Twelfth Night Afternoon

A tense adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’.
5/5

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Written and directed by Yi Lu, ‘Twelfth Night Afternoon’ is a experimental adaption of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. The 13-minute modern interpretation centers around an intimate student/teacher relationship as they portray Viola and Olivia for a private one-on-one rehearsal. The film stars Kezia Cotterrell as Sophia (Viola), with Farah Safari as Amelia (Olivia). Set in present-day England, the narrative utilizes the iambic pentameter from Shakespeare’s text, and explores themes of female empowerment and abuse with a homosexual underbelly.

The short opens with a startled Amelia, afresh from her husband’s physical abuse, answering the front door to Sophia – her keen drama student. The narrative delves into their developing intimacy as they recite Act 1, Scene 5 from the romantic comedy play. Lines begin to blur between reality and fiction as their connection intensifies.

Under Yi Lu’s artistic direction, with accomplished cinematography by Nizah Elias, ‘Twelfth Night Afternoon’ is fraught with poignancy, tension and trepidation. Text from the play is finely exhibited during the opening and closing scenes – an honorable nod to the English playwrite. Terrell and Safari deliver outstanding portrayals that are certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks. Sound, post-production and musicality are equally commendable. Highly recommended viewing.

Brief Synopsis

Drama teacher Amelia cuts off her miserable marriage with a pair of scissors. When her ingenuous student Sophia shows up for a rehearsal, Amelia hides the scissors along with her deepest longings. However, through the lines of ‘Twelfth Night’, an emotional and spiritual bond is revealed between the duo.
Twelfth Night Afternoon

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Credits

Director(s): Yi Lu
Writer(s): William Shakespeare, Yi Lu
Cast: Farah Saffari, Kezia Cotterrell
Producer(s): Bingqing Zhou, Ruonan Jiang, Tianjia Lou
Director of Photography: Nizah Elias
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Runtime: 13 min

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Twelfth Night Afternoon

A tense adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Yi Lu, ‘Twelfth Night Afternoon’ is a experimental adaption of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. The 13-minute modern interpretation centers around an intimate student/teacher relationship as they portray Viola and Olivia for a private one-on-one rehearsal. The film stars Kezia Cotterrell as Sophia (Viola), with Farah Safari as Amelia (Olivia). Set in present-day England, the narrative utilizes the iambic pentameter from Shakespeare’s text, and explores themes of female empowerment and abuse with a homosexual underbelly.

The short opens with a startled Amelia, afresh from her husband’s physical abuse, answering the front door to Sophia – her keen drama student. The narrative delves into their developing intimacy as they recite Act 1, Scene 5 from the romantic comedy play. Lines begin to blur between reality and fiction as their connection intensifies.

Under Yi Lu’s artistic direction, with accomplished cinematography by Nizah Elias, ‘Twelfth Night Afternoon’ is fraught with poignancy, tension and trepidation. Text from the play is finely exhibited during the opening and closing scenes – an honorable nod to the English playwrite. Terrell and Safari deliver outstanding portrayals that are certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks. Sound, post-production and musicality are equally commendable. Highly recommended viewing.

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Brief Synopsis

Drama teacher Amelia cuts off her miserable marriage with a pair of scissors. When her ingenuous student Sophia shows up for a rehearsal, Amelia hides the scissors along with her deepest longings. However, through the lines of ‘Twelfth Night’, an emotional and spiritual bond is revealed between the duo.
Twelfth Night Afternoon

Credits

Director(s): Yi Lu
Writer(s): William Shakespeare, Yi Lu
Cast: Farah Saffari, Kezia Cotterrell
Producer(s): Bingqing Zhou, Ruonan Jiang, Tianjia Lou
Director of Photography: Nizah Elias
Animation:

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Country:
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Year:
Runtime: 13 min
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