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o brave new world, that hath such people in it...

Five years in the making, Fifth Column's follow-up to Way of the Morris is a euphoric blend of drama and documentary. TEMPEST is both a celebration of contemporary urban youth culture, and a 21st Century re-imagining of Shakespeare's last great play.

17 young actors from South London struggle to put on a production. Their story unfolds alongside Prospero's as The Oval is transformed into Shakespeare’s magical island and the outcast Duke conjures the spirits in his quest to regain his kingdom.

In the aftermath of the youth and student uprisings, and the lead-up to the Olympic Games, TEMPEST is also our contribution to the ongoing debate on Englishness and English identity.

Film Credits

Directors: Rob Curry, Anthony Fletcher

Producers: Liz Smith, Patrick Towell

Photography: Richard Mitchell, Daniel Fazio

Editing: Francesco Caradonna

Sound: Assaf Gidron

Music: Roi Erez

Production Company: Fifth Column Films


UK Classification: 12A

Subtitles: No

Voiceover: No



Length: 76 min

Colour: Yes


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Tempest Screening:

  • Tue29May

    at Roundhouse

    29 May 2012 5:00 pm

    There is also a Q&A with director
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