A special film event featuring Stephen Fry interviewing Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain, will be broadcast by three North East cinemas later this month.
Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, two films: Salomé and Wilde Salomé will be presented together on Sunday September 21 before a Q&A with the lead actors - hosted by the aforementioned Mr Fry - is broadcast live to cinemas across the UK, including the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and Cineworld multiplexes in Boldon and Middlesbrough.
A scintillating tale of lust, greed and revenge, Salomé - Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work - follows the legend of King Herod, his lust for his young stepdaughter, Salomé, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist.
Banned in London in the late 19th century, Wilde’s adaptation has spawned multiple stage productions including an opera by Richard Strauss, and influenced work by musicians including Nick Cave and U2.
Academy Award winner Pacino first saw the play performed in London in 1988 with Steven Berkoff in the role of Herod, and the work and performance took an obsessive grip that led him to undertake one of the most challenging projects of his career.
He too played Herod on Broadway, but it was only after witnessing the arresting performance of Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, and with an intensifying desire to learn more about Wilde, that Pacino felt compelled to commit the project to film.
The result promises a fascinating double feature; Salomé, a filmed version of the play and Wilde Salomé, a documentary that captures the enormous challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while simultaneously directing these two features.
For full details and bookings, visit www.cinestage.co.uk/salome