The Guardian has teamed up with London’s Young Vic theatre to create four new films as part of a project giving “exceptional theatrical talent” the chance to work in the field of film.
The first film is Bed Trick, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and inspired by his recent sold-out production of The Changeling at the Young Vic.
It will be followed by a piece starring Jude Law and written by the fearless Belarus Free Theatre and Laura Wade (Posh).
Hot on its heels, a new short written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who stars in Aimé Césaire’s masterpiece A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic this summer.
The films will be available to watch for free on both the Guardian and Young Vic’s websites and are being supported by Bloomberg.
Young Vic Artistic Director, David Lan, said: “If we have a policy at the Young Vic it’s to do things we’ve never done before. We’d never made films. Offering our directors a chance to make these short films has moved us all on in excitingly unexpected ways.
“We have three physical stages in the Young Vic. Our short films are becoming our fourth. We are particularly grateful for the support Bloomberg have given us, enabling this brilliant new lease of creative life.”
Andrew Dickson, Guardian News & Media’s theatre editor, said: “This is a fantastic creative partnership which we’re proud to be a part of. The quality of the shorts is incredibly high, and it’s great to be able to help create content that takes theatre to new places.
“The partnership is also testament to the talent of our award-winning multimedia team and our increasingly diverse range of digital output.”