Shakespeare in Tokyo

Shakespeare in Tokyo
2018 – Writer/ Director
20 minutes
Client – Tokyo Metropolitan Government


An Australian Shakespeare fan with Down Syndrome, sets off on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo in order to get away from his over-bearing older brother and prove his independence. Along the way he uses his knowledge of the Bard, his sketchbook and his wits to win the hearts of the people he meets.

Shakespeare in Tokyo was inclusively made, we provided a free filmmaking workshop for six people with Down syndrome and brought them on set to work with the crew.

Producer: Seigo Tono, Henry Smith
DOP: Henry Smith
Editor: Javed Sterrit
Composer: Jonny Higgins
Production Company: Taste Creative

Sammy Award for the Film with the Biggest Heart; Cleveland International Film Festival 2019
Audience Choice Award; Stellar Film Festival 2019
Gympie Gold Award; Heart of Gold International Film Festival 2018
official selection
Cheboksaryi Film Festival (Russia) 2019
Cleveland International Film Festival (USA) 2019
Flickerfest (Australia) 2019
Heart of Gold International Film Festival (Australia) 2018
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) 2018
Maleny Film Festival (Australia) 2019
North Bellarine Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Norrköping Film Festival (Sweden) 2018
Pittsburgh Shorts Reel Abilities (USA) 2018
Reel Abilities Film Festival: New York (USA) 2019
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Japan) 2018
Stellar Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Underexposed Film Festival yc (Australia) 2019

Produced through Short Shorts Film Festival’s Cinematic Tokyo Program

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