Fri 7 Feb – Ophelia

Ophelia is a 2018 British-American romantic drama film directed by Claire McCarthy and written by Semi Chellas about the character of the same name from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Based on the novel by Lisa Klein, the film follows the story of Hamlet from Ophelia's perspective.

Enjoy live jazz music, food and drinks from 5pm, while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. With pre-show musical entertainment from the sensational Fiona Lawe Davies.

Genre: Drama
Directed by: Claire McCarthy
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton
Runtime: 114 mins
Country of Origin: UK / US
Language: English

World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival 2018
Winner – Director to Watch, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018
Winner – Cinematographer of the Year, New Zealand Cinematographers Society 2019

Directed by Australian Claire McCarthy and based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein, OPHELIA asks us to shift our perspective on Hamlet and tell his tale through the eyes of Ophelia (Ridley).

Set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice, OPHELIA is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia takes center stage as Queen Gertrude’s (Watts) most trusted lady-in-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet (MacKay) and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore Castle apart from within and Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life in order to protect a very dangerous secret.

“This vigorous, colorful and clever melodrama smartly rethinks both the play and the character, making her a far more proactive figure than Shakespeare did in addition to entirely re-imagining her fate.” Hollywood Reporter

PRE-SHOW MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED BY THE ‘SASSY, SOPHISTICATED, SOULFUL AND SEXY’ FIONA LAWE DAVIES 3. Fiona has been honing her craft on Perth’s stages for more than 15 years and her unique vocal ability is both pure and sultry, with a rhythmic lilt and intimate style. She draws inspiration from classic jazz artists such as Joe Williams and Julie London, modern jazz icons like Shirley Horn and Brad Mehldau and a slew of heart-rending indie musicians including Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice and Portishead. Tonight, Fiona will set the scene with a beguiling blend of jazz standards and original arrangements drawing influence from post punk to indie pop.

BYO seating. No BYO alcohol. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the bar will be stocked with Forester Estate wines, Gage Road beers and Aperol Spritz cocktails, as well as a section of soft drinks, juice and Carton Water. Part proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, as well as North Cottesloe Primary School.