Join Beacon Hill Village members Joan Doucette and Vicki Oleskey for a small group discussion of Nothing Is Truer Than the Truth with a questions and answer period with the film's director, Cheryl Eagan-Donovan.
NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH introduces Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, A-list party boy on the continental circuit, who spent a year and a half in Venice and traveling in Italy, learning about commedia dell'arte and collecting the experiences that would become known as the works of Shakespeare. Filmed in Venice, Verona, Mantua, Padua, and Brenta, the film ventures to actual sites De Vere visited in 1575-76, including the settings for The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. The film features renowned Shakespeare scholars, actors, and directors, including Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, Tina Packer, and Diane Paulus, and argues that De Vere's bisexuality is the reason for the pseudonym “Shake-speare.”
Based on the book “Shake-speare” By Another Name by Mark Anderson, the film features interview subjects who explain the events in De Vere’s life and the experiences he had while traveling in Italy and Europe as they relate to characters, themes, plot devices, and locations in the plays of William Shakespeare. The exposition and narration is illustrated with clips from film versions of the plays specifically chosen to demonstrate Shakespeare’s knowledge of the places that De Vere visited and the parallels to De Vere’s life.
The film explores the process of writing as one that requires access to books, imitation of the masters, transformation of life experience, and relentless revision. Nothing Is Truer than Truth is available on Amazon Prime, and will soon be released in the U.K., Europe, and the rest of the world by NENT Studios UK. The film was featured as the key title in NENT’s history program at MIPCOM 2020 under the new title Shakespeare: The Man Behind the Name. The outreach program and companion curriculum for the film, Shakespeare for Bullies, empowers students to change behavior by sharing their stories in workshops and classes.
View the trailer and the film here: https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Truer-Truth-Derek-Jacobi/dp/B07L42RLRC
CHERYL EAGAN-DONOVAN, Director
Eagan-Donovan’s debut feature All Kindsa Girls (2006) screened at film festivals and art house theaters in London, Toronto and the U.S., was short-listed for the PBS series POV, and is featured in Paul Sherman’s book Big Screen Boston. She served on the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Video New England, The Next Door Theater, and The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. She teaches writing, literature, and film at Lesley University, Northeastern University, Lasell University, and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, and is a frequent lecturer at Shakespeare and writing conferences. She received the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s Oxfordian of the Year award in 2019 and is currently working on a book on screenwriting, Shakespeare Auteur: Creating Authentic Characters for the Screen, and another on Shakespeare’s bisexuality and The Sonnets.
The discussion will take place via Zoom on Monday, February 1 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to watch the film prior to joining the conversation. Available to stream on demand via Amazon here.
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