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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Opens on October 29

Director: Danny Boyle, Tim Van Someren Run Time: 130 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2011

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ella Smith, George Harris, Jonny Lee Miller, Naomie Harris

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

The Film Center is proud to partner with National Theatre Live to present world-class performances filmed live on Britain’s most exciting stages.

About the film:

Filmed live in 2011 from the stage of the National Theatre in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by more than 800,000 people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, this production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

About the filmmakers:

Danny Boyle is an English director and producer. He is best known for his work on films such as Trainspotting (1996), ranked the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century by the British Film Institute, and Slumdog Millionaire (2008), which earned Boyle numerous awards in 2008, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for Best Director. His debut feature film Shallow Grave (1994) won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. His other features include 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), 127 Hours (2010), Steve Jobs (2015), and Yesterday (2019). Boyle also served as the artistic director for the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony in London.

Tim Van Someren is one of the United Kingdom’s leading multi-camera directors, specializing in directing live music, theatre capture, special events, and TV entertainment formats. Over the last two decades, he has worked with major recording artists, filmed numerous commercial projects, and directed cinema broadcasts for The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, the BBC and others. Tim has won numerous awards including the Prix Italia, the Rose D’Or, a Grierson and an RTS, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA, a Broadcast Award, a D&AD and a Cannes Media Lion.

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