Romeo + Juliet
Film Program, Years 9 & 10
Baz Luhrmann, 116 mins, USA/Australia, 1996
Baz Luhrmann's flamboyant adaptation of Shakespeare's play reverberates with pop music and gunfire. Distinguished by Luhrmann's bravura style, the film offers a riveting introduction to Shakespeare's play and his language.
The discussion focuses on the play's themes and the success of Luhrmann's interpretation.
Romeo and Juliet was led by the rhythm of Shakespeare, so that’s why I had to speed up things in between so that the verse didn’t lose its flow. And people interpreted it as a wacky new style, but it’s actually about the rhythm of the language.
- Jill Bilcock, editor of Romeo + Juliet
Admission: $10 per student (min 30 students, max 160 students)
Program Duration: This program runs for approximately 3 hours. This includes a screening of the film, a short interval and a 40 minute lecture.