Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatrical Film Is Complete

By Philippe Bowgen
20 Jun 2014

Julie Taymor's film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream that she staged this winter through Theatre for a New Audience, is complete – and the Tony-winning director hopes to premiere it at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to Vulture/NY Magazine.



Taymor told Vulture, "There were 17 children and 15 principals. It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film."

The stage production opened the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, and Taymor said of directing both the stage version and the film that, "We shot all performances straight through, putting cameras in different positions at each show, and then in the daytime we went onstage with handheld cameras...It’s very cinematic. There are no visual effects — they’re all live.”

The stage production garnered much praise, especially for Taymor and her striking use of visual effects and innovative stagecraft.

Read Ben Brantley's New York Times review here

Taymor has played the Toronto circuit before with films Frida and Across the Universe, and told Vulture, regarding the prospect of another premiere at the festival, "I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, but I have a good feeling."