Claire McCarthy interview

Ophelia is one of the most maligned characters in literary history. It’s not entirely her fault — the tragic heroine of Hamlet suffers from being not much of a heroine, but rather a cipher for the purity and virtue of women and all that will befall them when that innocence is corrupted by the world. She’s best known for her descent into madness, culminating in a suicide whose tragic beauty has been enshrined in many an oil painting. But Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy’s (The Turning, The Waiting City) upcoming Shakespeare retelling Ophelia asks, what if Ophelia was more? More active, more assured, more than just a laundry list of perfect virtues.

Ophelia is a revisionist retelling of Hamlet that imagines the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the point of view of the doomed heroine. But McCarthy wanted to do more than simply depict a straightforward adaptation of Hamlet based only on Ophelia’s brief interactions with the story.

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ophelia trailer

There’s no greater tragedy in the classic Shakespeare plays than the frequent under-serving of their secondary female characters. But Ophelia seeks to remedy that in its reimagining of Hamlet, which tells the tragedy of the Danish prince through the eyes of his doomed lover. Watch the Ophelia trailer below.

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ophelia trailer

Shakespeare’s Hamlet gets a new interpretation with Ophelia, a retelling of the famous tragedy through the eyes of another character. Daisy Ridley is Ophelia, who falls for the young Dane – a romance that goes haywire once Hamlet’s father is murdered, driving the young man mad in the process (maybe). The Ophelia trailer below gives us a look at what just might be the entire movie, while also introducing us to Clive Owen‘s questionable wig.

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