“Shakespeare knew a good story when it came his way.”. As the women in his life become more emboldened to stand in their truth — rather than aid and abet the Shakespeare family mythology — William realizes that he must reckon with his ghosts, including the shame and status-obsession passed down from his own disgraced father. The trick of getting a small movie like “All Is True” made, Branagh says, is “do it on a very low budget and a very short schedule and privately finance it and then take it out into the world.”. Branagh adapted “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing” for the big screen. The humor here is quieter, interwoven with more contemplative, even elegiac concerns, as William is forced to confront assumptions — about fatherhood, marriage, his own insecurities and ego — that he has spent a lifetime trying to outrun and out-write. With just the right amount of caprice and reverence, Branagh and Elton leave viewers with the impression, not that we’ve glimpsed the Great Man among his minions, but that even the foremost genius of the English language and his family were ordinary people. Those themes have to do with the death of a golden child, unresolved guilt and grief, parental self-deception and filial ambivalence — meaning that, in myriad guises and genres, we’ve seen this movie before. The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. In “All Is True,” Shakespeare retires to Stratford for what would be the final years of his life. From left: Jack Colgrave Hirst, Kathryn Wilder, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Clara Duczmal and Lydia Wilson in “All Is True.” (Robert Youngson/Sony Pictures Classics) Wilson and Wilder are just as convincing as siblings who for years have been competing for their father’s respect and affection, with the idealized image of their dead brother. “I was told the location of the houses where he had lived and the streets he had walked on. “All Is True” opens in Bay Area theaters Friday, May 17. It is an instinct first developed as a teen when he hitchhiked to Stratford-upon-Avon, the dramatist’s hometown. Greg Maxwell is played by Jack Colgrave Hirst. To get full contact details for Jack Colgrave Hirst’s agent and Jack Colgrave Hirst’s management staff, simply log in or register online today. Copyright © 2020 Family Video. But the crowning scene of “All Is True” comes midway through the film, when William’s patron and muse, Henry Wriothesley (Ian McKellan), stops by for a visit and a fireside chat. To play him, the actor spent hours in a makeup chair having a prosthetic nose applied and his hairline lifted to nearly the top of his skull. Handsomely produced, every frame carefully composed with appropriately autumnal tones, “All Is True” doesn’t traffic in the antic, anachronistic wit of “Upstart Crow,” Elton’s delightful Shakespeare-centric Brit-com. Now Branagh has imagined his own good story about the man himself. Your weekly guide to Bay Area arts & entertainment. “I decided I wouldn’t make it if she wasn’t available.”, Branagh said he always thinks of Dench as “a sexy, passionate woman in control of all her faculties.” Laughing, he said that a friend of hers, upon learning about the film, asked if she was playing Shakespeare’s mother. From these roots grew a lifelong fascination with William Shakespeare, leading the Northern Irish actor to become a preeminent popularizer of the Bard. He also was determined to corral Ian McKellen for the part of the Earl of Southampton, the subject of Shakespeare’s sonnets and rumored to be his lover. Shakespeare is portrayed turning to gardening. Photo: Rob Youngson, Sony Pictures Classics. What else has Jack Colgrave Hirst been in? His operating model is completely opposite of another upcoming Branagh movie: “Death on the Nile,” a sequel of sorts to his box office hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” both based on Agatha Christie novels. “For a boy born in the country, the idea of coming back and making use of that knowledge seemed a natural thing.”, For his retirement project, the movie’s Shakespeare plants a garden to memorialize his son, Hamnet, who died at age 11. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. He never wrote again after his beloved Globe Theater burned down in 1613 during a performance of “Henry VIII” (whose alternative title, “All Is True,” was co-opted for the film). 101 minutes. Here's how to tap into your fears on Halloween, Review: Netflix's Blackpink documentary shows K-pop group's unconventional rise, 'The First Angry Man' shows how Prop. Kenneth Branagh plays William Shakespeare contemplating the end of his career in “All Is True,” an intriguing speculative drama about the playwright’s final years. “All Is True” is a rueful movie but finally a joyous one, as sundry loose ends are put right with a Shakespearean combination of tidiness and wishful thinking.

The movie blends fact with conjecture from Branagh and screenwriter Ben Elton’s fertile imaginations. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. All rights reserved. At area theaters. Jack Colgrave Hirst as Tom Quiney (left), Kathryn Wilder as Judith Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare, Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway, Clara Duczmal as Elizabeth Hall and Lydia Wilson as Susanna Hall. Mysteriously, DI Rory Maxwell and his son Greg Maxwell (Jack Colgrave Hirst) are suddenly having screaming matches – down the phone, in … (The Bard gets to deliver a particularly satisfying riposte to a venomous neighbor named Thomas Lucy). Age range: 20s-30s Accent(s): London / Cockney and Manchester A big-budget operation, “Death” stars two of the hottest young actresses around — Jodie Comer from “Killing Eve” and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot — with Branagh directing and reprising his role as detective Hercule Poirot.

In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. Jack Colgrave Hirst Picture Gallery on BroadwayWorld.com with Jack Colgrave Hirst Photos from stage, special events, red carpets and more. The real Anne was eight years older than her husband; Dench is 26 years Branagh’s senior.