1989 - Channel Four - Aardman Animations
Directed, written and animated by Barry Purves
Produced by Sara Mullock
Voice Roger Rees
Music Stuart Gordon
William Shakespeare, alone on stage, auditions for his life, in front of a rather unimpressed Peter Hall
- Hiroshima Animation Festival, Best Debut Film
- 1990 Esphino Cinanima, Best 5-15 Minute Film
- 1990 British animation Awards, Best Technical Achievement
- 1990 Marie Kuttna Award, nomination, 1990
Next was the first film that I had written and directed, and after seven years of animating and directing for others I was exploding with too many ideas... I was in danger of cramming absolutely everything in, probably even the Elizabethan kitchen sink if Shakespeare had mentioned it....
With the one puppet I decided to go the whole way, and have Shakespeare perform the 'Complete Works' on an empty stage, a notion in keeping with Elizabethan theartre. Now that seemed to be an exciting challenge...