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Midlands Spotlight Archive - Ignite the Imagination

By midlandsmovies, Jan 18 2014 10:26AM

Midlands Movies Mike talks to Ignite Media about their Shakespeare-inspired short film shot at Leicester University’s David Wilson Library...


Ignite Media have filmed Unimaginably Tamed, a short film based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the £32 million state-of-the-art David Wilson Library designed by Associated Architects and which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 2008.


The award-winning Library has taken a starring role in the upcoming short based on the Shakespearean comedy with the building’s bookshelves, hallways, staircases and cafe providing the backdrop for a tantalising new drama where we witness the two lead characters competing to get their hands on a rare edition of The Taming of the Shrew.


The film stars Leicester performing arts student Sorcha Newby, a finalist in the Miss England 2012 contest and up-and-coming actor Isaac Leafe, a performing arts graduate who has starred in various stage plays and short films around the UK. Isaac plays the part of a modern-day book collector who has tracked down a rare copy of The Taming of the Shrew.


Just as he closes in on the bookshelf containing the elusive edition, he finds that an English student played by Sorcha – who needs the book for her dissertation - has beaten him to it and the pair proceed to argue over who should keep the copy – and begin to assume the personas of the play’s protagonists, Petruchio and Kate.


Ignite Media have consistently taken a professional approach to all their projects and believe that everyone has an extraordinary tale to tell - and whatever that story is, they hope to reveal it using their award-winning photographers and filmmakers who can bring their expertise, enthusiasm and originality to their clients’ adventures.


Listening and responding to their production needs, Ignite turn them into reality by utilizing the proper blend of creativity as well as state-of-the-art technology to achieve their desired expectations. Ignite tell Midlands Movies that they provide all the benefits of a small corporation whilst at the same time giving a depth of resource and stability characteristic of larger companies.


Unimaginably Tamed innovatively blends contemporary and Shakespearean language providing a 21st century perspective on the play’s depiction of gender roles with the film’s writer and director Farid Ahmed being very keen to use the Library as a location for a film after visiting the building and being very impressed by its design.


Fari added, “I always had the Library in mind when I was putting the film together. I fell in love with the Library when I saw it. We came up with the concept with the Library as the centre point – the magical piece in the jigsaw.”


Ms Christine Fyfe, University Librarian and Pro-Vice Chancellor with special responsibilities for students, said: “We’re delighted that the David Wilson Library is the third star of this wonderful film”.


The film has been submitted to major film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival and Ignite Media is also looking for talented actors to take part in next big project - a full-length feature film so anyone interested can visit the group’s website here www.ignitemedia.org


For more information on all their movie projects, please contact Farid Ahmed at ignitemediaproductions@gmail.com

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