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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Makibefo (1999, Alexander Abela)

Release LocationsUK
DirectorAlexander Abela
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 13 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (adaptation)


For his first feature film, Alexander Abela went against all the advice of seasoned professionals by going off to Madagascar with a crew of just two and film an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth with local tribesmen and women as actors. As a location they chose Faux-Cap, an isolated community of Antandroy fishermen at the southernmost tip of the island. It is to these people -- most of whom had never seen a film before, let alone a television -- that Alexander suggested devising Makibefo: The tale of a man's quest for power through bloody ambition.

Description courtesy of Philipp Hinz. — Added 2008-11-14

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAlexander Abela
ProducerAlexander Abela
WriterAlexander Abela

Production information courtesy of: Philipp Hinz