Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Me and Orson Welles Zac Efron

Me and Orson Welles What do Troy Bolton and Link Larkin have in common? They're both Richard Samuels in Zac Efron's new movie 'Me and Orson Welles'. "It is a coming of age story about this guy who talks his way into an adaptation of Orson Welles' Julius Caesar at New York's Mercury Theater. It's a look in the life of Orson Welles at that moment," noted Efron who's looking to move beyond the teenage persona of High School Musical 3 fame.

Although the character, Richard, is primarily fiction, director Richard Linklater noted that there was a young man in Orson Welles life who was involved in a production of Julius Caeser that he produced. "So much of this did happen. It's based in history but technically fiction," said Linklater. The script is based on an actual novel with the same title written by Robert Kaplow. Linklater has also directed such movies as 'Dazed and Confused' and 'School of Rock.'

With so much awareness of Orson Welles being promoted by the movie, Film Education in the UK has put together a study guide for 'Me and Orson Welles' that explores in detail the historical background of the film and the different ideas it contains.

It features study materials and film clips designed to stimulate debate, discussion and reflection on Orson Welles, Shakespeare, performance, theatrical production and filmmaking.

The study guide addresses core elements of learning in English, Media, Film and Theatre Studies. The materials are most suitable for students aged 14-18.

Here is the link for details - Film Education Study Guide


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