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May 2017 update: #ShakespeareRepublic #SpeakingDaggers & more …

It’s May already!? More the point – it’s almost halfway through 2017 already!?

Where do I start? We filmed and released Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) AND prepped, filmed, edited and premiered the newest addition to the Shakespeare Republic stable: the Shakespeare short film Speaking Daggers.  I’m back on the documentary Champion, with completion for that film on track, plus have one play and two more screen projects in development.  So let’s break that down, shall we?


Official poster for Speaking Daggers. Photo by Christoph Ziegenhardt. Design by incognita

This little gem was a blast to work on and involved a fantastic cast and crew that I was so delighted to work with.

Featuring Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Scott Major, Faran Martin, Jaron Natoli, Billy Smedley and myself as eight different Shakespeare characters from five different plays, filmed by cinematographer Shaun Herbertson, edited by Thanassi Panagiotaras and Sound Design by Tim McCormick.  The film premiered at ACMI last Wednesday as part of the inaugural Arts Learning Festival and is now doing the Film Festival circuit.

Huge thanks to everyone involved for making this possible – so grateful to you all!  Check out all the info at

Character poster featuring Christopher Kirby as “Benedick” with Sally McLean as “Beatrice” for Speaking Daggers. Photo by Christoph Ziegenhardt. Design by incognita


Dean Haglund as “Iago” with Sally McLean as “Beatrice” in Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two)

Season Two of Shakespeare Republic has fully hit the airwaves – consisting of 13 episodes, featuring a fantastic cast line up.  The new series includes performances from Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher Billy Smedley, Stephen Costan, Nadine Garner, Dean Haglund, Christopher Kirby, Tariro Mavondo, Wahibe Moussa, Falon Ryan, Shane Savage, Phoebe Anne Taylor and yours truly.

Getting to direct and adapt this new round of Shakespeare pieces was a joy, especially getting to work with so many more of my favourite people!  The full season is now online and you can see all the episodes here:

The new season is now doing festival rounds, with our first two festival screenings already confirmed: St Kilda Film Festival on May 21 as part of their “Australia’s Favourite Web Series” showcase and the Austin WebFest in Texas from June 29-July 2.

Season One has now been officially selected for 31 international film festivals and won 9 awards.  Amazing.  So in love with this Shakespeare world and all the people I’m getting to work with in creating it!

Sally McLean as “Beatrice” in Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two)



The Champion documentary is back on the table with a couple more filming dates on the agenda and prep for post-production beginning.  And, in some fantastic news, the trailer for the film has now been officially selected for two international film festivals: the UK Screen One International Film Festival in the UK and the Sunlight International Film Festival in Germany/Russia!

More news on the doco as it comes to hand … stay tuned!

There’s a lot more going on, but that’s all I can share with you at the moment.  I hope this finds all of you well and speak again soon … hopefully before the end of the year!

Till next we speak … take care,

Sally x