Today we are pleased to premiere the latest Young Vic short, MAYDAY, starring Juliet Stevenson, and announce Gillian Anderson’s upcoming short film The Departure, written by Andrew O’Hagan, directed by and starring Gillian Anderson.
MAYDAY was inspired by Natalie Abrahami’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic, which will return to the Main House stage from 13 February 2015. The short film stars Juliet Stevenson with appearances from David Beames and Tanya Moodie and glimpses the life of one resilient woman, fighting to “keep up the glamour” as she descends into ever increasing isolation. Both Stevenson and Beames will return to the Young Vic in next year’s Happy Days revival.
Written by Nancy Harris
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Starring Juliet Stevenson
Want more? Watch the making of documentary featuring exclusive footage and interviews with Juliet Stevenson and Natalie Abrahami.
The Departure is inspired by Benedict Andrews’ hugely successful production of A Streetcar Named Desire which played at the Young Vic 23 July – 19 September 2014. Gillian Anderson received much praise for her performance as Blanche Du Bois, a role she will reprise in the film. She said “The Departure imagines the circumstances leading up to Blanche arriving at her sister’s house in New Orleans, a sort of prequel to Tennessee Williams’ great play. I am thrilled that, with the support of the Young Vic, Andrew and I have had the opportunity to delve further into the life of this iconic character and create something which can be seen by audiences across the globe.”
The Departure also features Bruce Alexander, Suzanne Bertish and Rollo Skinner and will be available on the Guardian and Young Vic websites in the near future. Take a look at the stunning behind the scenes images from the film shoot here.
Photo by David Sandison
A film by Gillian Anderson
Written by Andrew O’Hagan
Directed by Gillian Anderson
Young Vic Shorts are a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions. They offer artists working with the theatre a unique creative opportunity to reach a large international audience online. The most recent Young Vic short was Columbite Tantalite, written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and inspired by Aimé Césaire’s masterpiece A Season in the Congo.