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Measure For Measure Unclassified 18+

Language: ArabicEnglish with English subtitles

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Following the critically acclaimed Pawno, director Paul Ireland moves from Footscray to Prahran’s commission flats for this contemporary re-interpretation of Shakespeare, with Hugo Weaving leading a powerful, multicultural cast.

Reimagining the Bard’s play about morality, mercy and justice into a topical tale of love and loyalty, Ireland and his co-writer, the late Damian Hill (West of Sunshine, MIFF 2018), have crafted a touching story about a young Muslim woman, Jaiwara, who falls for a non-Muslim musician, Claudio. Jaiwara’s shady brother Farouk objects to their union, and frames Claudio for a crime he didn’t commit – sending him to jail. Desperate to save Claudio, Jaiwara seeks the help of Duke, a local crime boss currently ‘on leave’, whose second in command, Angelo, offers to assist in his stead. But at what cost?

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Ireland’s film takes audiences on an emotional, action-packed ride, with a beautifully shot Melbourne as the backdrop. As Jaiwara, Megan Hajjar is luminous. Harrison Gilbertson (My Mistress, MIFF Premiere Fund 2014), Fayssal Bazzi (The Merger, MIFF 2018) and Daniel Henshall (Acute Misfortune, MIFF Premiere Fund 2018) join Hugo Weaving in a diverse ensemble that also includes John Brumpton, Mal Kennard, Doris Younane and Mark Leonard Winter as Angelo, the role Damian Hill was set to play until his untimely death last year. Never intended as a swan song for Hill, Measure for Measure is nevertheless a fitting tribute: a gritty, modern Melbourne film, with heart.


The world premiere screening on 2 August will feature a Welcome to Country and special guests – among them director Paul Ireland and members of the cast including MIFF Ambassador Megan Hajjar – who will introduce the session and, following the screening, take a deep-dive conversation into this contemporary, multicultural re-interpretation of Shakespeare.
Read a Q&A with Paul Ireland
Guests: Fayssal Bazzi, Harrison Gilbertson, Hugo Weaving, Mark Winter, Megan Hajjar, Paul Ireland

Tickets

2071
Fri 02 Aug 9:00 pm [2071]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
4381
Thu 08 Aug 6:00 pm [4381]
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningAudio Description Wheelchair AccessOC
Past event
2661
Tue 13 Aug 8:45 pm [2661]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
9811
Fri 16 Aug 9:15 pm [9811]
Hoyts 7 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Doris Younane, Fayssal Bazzi, Harrison Gilbertson, Hugo Weaving, John Brumpton, Mark Leonard Winter, Megan Hajjar, Sam Sidhu
Director
Paul Ireland
Producers
Damian Hill, Paul Ireland
Screenwriters
Damian Hill, Paul Ireland
Cinematographer
Ian Jones
Composer
Tai Jordan, Tristan Dewey
Editor
Gary Woodward
Premiere Status
World Premiere
Format
Digital

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