LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Members of the Byron Bay Film Company who are filming Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night on the Northern Rivers: Catherine Baker of Mullumbimby (seated), Caroline Solomon of Lennox Head, Suzie Cormack of Kyogle, Jason Briede of Byron Bay, associate producer Nicole Sullivan, producer/director Marcus Cloherty and production manager/line producer Megan Alexander.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Members of the Byron Bay Film Company who are filming Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night on the Northern Rivers: Catherine Baker of Mullumbimby (seated), Caroline Solomon of Lennox Head, Suzie Cormack of Kyogle, Jason Briede of Byron Bay, associate producer Nicole Sullivan, producer/director Marcus Cloherty and production manager/line producer Megan Alexander. Cathy Adams

Byron spin on Shakespeare

BYRON Bay is about to be home to a new (or old?) film production, as the Byron Bay Film Company takes Shakespeare's Twelfth Night out of the middle ages and into our modern world with their feature film 12th Night.

Using the original Shakespeare play, but set in contemporary Byron Bay, the film will bring to life the traditional story along our beautiful North Coast, said producer/director, Marcus Cloherty and production manager, Megan Alexander.

Using the coast as a setting for the production isn't just for scenery though, it will be an integral part of the film.

"Twelfth Night is set on the sea coast - so what better place? This has the most beautiful coastline in the world," Mr Cloherty said.

There will be a few changes to the traditional Twelfth Night to suit a contemporary Australian society.

For example, at the beginning of the traditional script, the lead character, Viola, washes up on a beach following a shipwreck.

"Instead of being washed up on a beach, she'll be rescued by surf lifesavers - marking it very Australian," Mr Cloherty said.

In 2011 Mr Cloherty had decided to do a Shakespearean production, and last year he decided upon the script of Twelfth Night, and has since moved up to Byron Bay from Sydney to get things rolling.

While Mr Cloherty said they're hoping to use a lot of actors from the local area in the seven-week shoot.

The first of the auditions are in Coorabell tomorrow and Thursday, however they plan more auditions as they are in desperate need of male actors.



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