A Wonderful Thing Is Going To Happen

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“A wonderful thing is going to happen!” Henrik Ibsen 

Film and Theatre, theatre and film – it is not often the two are intertwined, but, as performance art is an ever changing medium, it seems that playwrights and screenwriters have been pushing that boundary, blurring the lines, for a greater experience for their respective audiences.

Joe Wright took a whole new perspective in his newest film, Anna Karenina, where the primary characters lived inside a theatre, new rooms were created from stage boarding; which was highly effective. He literally transposed the sense of the aristocracy being observed all the time, never being able to let their guard down. This therefore created a highly claustrophobic world for the titular character Anna Karenina, portrayed by Keira Knightley.

The same can be said for Theatre, there have been productions were directors intertwine film and theatre. This is true to …some trace of her, where the actors had multiple cameras on the stage and were projected on a screen above. It was a feat, where the audience could see the film being made, whilst watching it on the screen above.

“Film as dream, film as music… straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

 

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