This past weekend, the 48th Annual New York Film Festival honored director’s Julie Taymore’s spin on the Shakespeare classic by making The Tempest the Centerpiece of the festival. The first of the two screenings on Saturday night also managed to double as the North American premiere of the film. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the second screening, introduced by Julie Taymor. Noting The Tempest was celebrating its 400th anniversary, Taymor reflected on her experiences with the Shakespearean play dating back to directing a staged version of the play some time ago. Despite the material’s origins and mostly native British cast, she also quipped it was an American film as it had been filmed on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i, a place she had once vacationed at and decided then and there ‘it was The Tempest.’ It’s also worth noting that portions of the film were also filmed in New York soundstages in addition to Hawaii.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, we have the following photo gallery from the red carpet of the film’s premiere of the Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films’ production. In addition to leading actors Helen Mirren (Prospera), Felicity Jones (Miranda), Reeve Carney (Ferdinand), Tom Conti (Gonzalo), Russell Brand (Trinculo) and Ben Whishaw (Ariel), the premiere was also attended by the cast of the upcoming Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark which casts Carney in the lead role and is being directed by Julie Taymor.
Photos by Dave Allocca and Marion Curtis of StarTraks. Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.