Belfast Film Festival
Usual Ticket Price: £6.50
Directed by Alex Rotaru. 2011. 81 mins. USA.
Tosh and Taco are sophomores from East LA and former gang members. Nicole’s family lives below the poverty line in the isolated, low-income desert community of Hesperia. Tommy is an energetic, spry redhead whose parents were former skin-heads before his dad left the family. Galvin and Melvin are twin brothers who moved in with their aunt and uncle after their father murdered their mother following a spiteful divorce. Shakespeare High tells the story of a group of teenagers in Southern California who find a reason to strive and overcome adversity. Through Shakespeare, these students are able to find community; they discover passion, drive, and confidence to pursue their dreams and dictate the course of their lives. Theatre has become their inspiration; The film features their stories of how the arts enriches their lives amidst poverty, violence, gangs, drugs, absentee parents, as well as the troubles and hardships of adolescence.
Their touching stories of change and determination are interspersed with commentary from well-known actors including Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, and Richard Dreyfus, all of whom are alumni of the life-changing DTASC program.
This event is part of Belfast Film Festival and will take place at the MAC Belfast.
23 Donegall Street