Me and Orson Welles
Level: 14-18, GCSE, A2
Subjects: English, film, media and theatre studies
The educational website and supporting downloadable content features study materials and film clips designed to stimulate debate, discussion and reflection on Orson Welles, Shakespeare, performance, theatrical production and filmmaking.
Based on the Robert Kaplow novel, Me & Orson Welles is set in the exciting world of the New York Theatre. Teenage student Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar directed by a youthful Orson Welles (strikingly portrayed by newcomer Christian McKay). Over the course of a magical week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard has to grow up FAST.
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Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Zac Efron, Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan
BBFC classification: 12
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