Oscar winning actor displays his Shakespearean and stage credentials in the film NOW to screen at Jetty Memorial Theatre.
Oscar winning actor displays his Shakespearean and stage credentials in the film NOW to screen at Jetty Memorial Theatre. Melinda Sue Gordon

Jetty Theatre film shows another side of screen star Spacey

FILM fans will be familiar with the work of actor Kevin Spacey but his stage credits have become less well known.

This Wednesday, Jetty Memorial Theatre in Coffs Harbour provides a rare opportunity to watch Spacey on stage as one of America's greatest Shakespearean interpreters with the screening of the film, NOW.

Spacey made his professional debut in 1981 with a small role in Henry VI at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Film roles followed with a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1995 for The Usual Suspects.

He then won the Best Actor Oscar in 1999 for the collaboration with British director Sam Mendes in American Beauty.

In 2013, Spacey and Sir Sam went back to Shakespeare and this fascinating documentary film is the result.

Bridge Project Company took the pair on the road across three continents and over 200 performances, revealing some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III.

NOW shows Spacey's revelatory interpretation in each brief excerpt from the play.

"There are a multitude of challenges that come with being in a new theatre in an unknown city every few weeks," Spacey said of the production.

The film will screen on Wednesday at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the summer screening of the 2014 Short Sharp Film Festival finalists will take place this Saturday and provide Coffs Coast film-lovers with a chance to see some amazing short films and animations.

The festival is designed to showcase new and emerging talent, provide filmmakers and animators with competition experience and expose our audience to different cultures and stories including drama, comedy, art-house and animation.



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