Three Minute Love Story is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with four new short films. Each film is under 5 minutes, has a modern love story, and was written using only lines and phrases from Shakespeare’s canon.
From American college life, the energy of east London, urban New York City, to the world of London’s young professionals, these short films use Shakespeare’s language to show our similarities regardless of where we live.
One film, “Just Friends”, was one of two American films selected to be a finalist in the International Online WebFest Winter 2016 Film Festival. Another film features actors from London based Intermission Youth Theatre. Intermission works with “at risk” youth in London helping them transform their lives and become theatre professionals. Their graduates have gone on to work at The Globe, The RSC, The National, and in TV and film.
The project was started and led by David Nanto, an award-winning playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. “We wanted to show that Shakespeare’s language is authentic and relevant to our experience today”, said David Nanto. “We think anyone who takes a few minutes to hear Shakespeare’s language will be inspired to seek out more.”
The films can be seen at www.threeminutelovestory.com.