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Shakespeare in Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

1 x 20 MINUTES | 2018

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.

Starring Patrick Brammall (No ActivityOffspring), Shin'ichi Chiba (Kill BillThe Fast and the Furious), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2Murder Mystery) and Australia's very own Gerard O'Dwyer.


Sammy Award for the Film with the Biggest Heart; Cleveland International Film Festival 2019
Audience Choice Award; Stellar Film Festival 2019
Gympie Gold Award; Heart of Gold International Film Festival 2018

Official Selection

Cheboksaryi Film Festival (Russia) 2019
Cleveland International Film Festival (USA) 2019
Flickerfest (Australia) 2019
Heart of Gold International Film Festival (Australia) 2018
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) 2018
Maleny Film Festival (Australia) 2019
North Bellarine Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Norrköping Film Festival (Sweden) 2018
Pittsburgh Shorts Reel Abilities (USA) 2018
Reel Abilities Film Festival: New York (USA) 2019
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Japan) 2018
Stellar Film Festival (Australia) 2019
Underexposed Film Festival (Australia) 2019

"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.

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