2018 | 7 minutes | Short Film | Horror
Adapted and Directed by Alex van Leeuwen
I was commissioned by 472 Productions to adapt and direct the climactic section of Euripides' Bacchae - the death of Pentheus - to be played during their show at the Oxford Playhouse, a 600-seat venue with national renown for its popularity as a stop for touring productions, such as Frantic Assembly’s ‘Things I Know to be True’, sell-out Olivier-nominated smash hit ‘Six’, and for performances by the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.
Upon its projection, the city's newspaper Cherwell called it "the pick of the night… [it] was incredible, with a psychedelic, electrifying, and utterly haunting score, which engrossed the entire audience. The whole piece was terse and well-paced."
The show sold out every night of its run, and the film has now been sent around the festival circuit.
Under the influence of the god Dionysus, Pentheus, the King of Thebes, is led to the hills in pursuit of his mother - and ultimately to his death.
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