Magazine article Screen International

Cinestaan, Film London's Shakespeare Adaptation 'The Hungry' Begins Shoot

Magazine article Screen International

Cinestaan, Film London's Shakespeare Adaptation 'The Hungry' Begins Shoot

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Production has started on Cinestaan Film Company and Film London's Shakespeare adaptation The Hungry, with a cast including Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra.

Written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee, the UK-India co-production is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, with the play's themes of corruption, greed and revenge updated for a global audience.

Shah is known to international audiences for his roles in Monsoon Wedding and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, while Chopra previously starred in Toronto title Qissa: The Tale Of A Lonely Ghost.

The cast also includes Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie), Neeraj Kabi (Viceroy's House), Sayani Gupta (Margarita With A Straw) and Antonio Aakeel (City Of Tiny Lights).

Co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam, the revenge thriller was developed using Film London's Microwave scheme as its model, with the filmmakers undergoing a rigorous selection and training programme funded by the British Council.

The production is financed 50:50 by Cinestaan and an SEIS scheme run by Bob & Co, with investment from executive producers Declan Reddington, Orion Lee of Constellation Creatives and Ben Bond of Bad Owl Films, the newly formed features arm of Hoot Entertainment. …

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