Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Shakespeare in Tokyo

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The first inclusive film produced in Japan

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World premiere at the Short Shorts Film Festival

In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games, we were invited to produce a signature piece of branded entertainment to share the beauty and adventure of Tokyo with the world.

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.

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700,000+ video views

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Cleveland International Festival

Stellar Film Festival

Heart of Gold Film Festival

The film boasts an incredible global cast, including Patrick Brammall (No Activity, Offspring), Shin'ichi Chiba (Kill Bill, The Fast and the Furious), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2, Murder Mystery) and our very own Gerard O'Dwyer.

Behind the scenes we partnered with the Japanese Down syndrome Society and mentored 6 filmmaking students living with disability throughout the production in Japan.

"Shakespeare in Tokyo is a truly wonderful film. I could have spent hours in this world, with these characters. It is beautifully written and directed, very well acted, and shot and edited with elegance. This is hopeful and humanistic work of art made with love and attention to detail."

Luke Buckmaster

Film Critic; Guardian

Thank you

Thank you to Sarah, AJ, Gerry and Ann for embarking on this adventure, to our beautiful cast, and a special thank you to Tetsuya, Seigo, John and all of the team at the Short Shorts Film Festival for partnering with us to produce such a special film.