Magazine article Screen International

Breathe Team Sings with Beggar's Opera

Magazine article Screen International

Breathe Team Sings with Beggar's Opera

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EXCLUSIVE: Partners behind Breathe Umphefumlo reteaming on new slate of films.

The partners behind Berlinale Special world premiere Breathe Umphefumlo - Cape Town, South Africa-based Isango Ensemble, Advantage Entertainment, and the UK's Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME) - are reteaming on a slate of new films starting with an adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera to shoot in Cape Town in August.

Isango will transport Gay's 1728 satire/morality play to the jazzy underworld of 1950s Cape Town. Mark Dornford-May, who won the Golden Bear with U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, is again directing.

Dornford-May said, "The Beggar's Opera is a savagely funny satire on money, morals and marriage -- as relevant and biting today as it was when first written. Setting the film in post war colonial Cape Town will give it a visual style and a music flair that will inform the original - and take it further. …

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