Pinny Grylls & Sam Crane
United Kingdom | 2024 | 88 min
Swiss Premiere
Languages : English, Spanish, Arabic
Subtitles : English, French

As the UK enters another lockdown, the future is looking bleak for actors Sam and Mark. As they dive into Grand Theft Auto with their avatars, inspiration strikes: isn’t this the perfect “setting” for a play about revenge? From castings to rehearsals, the participants keep dying – that’s the point of the game – in this amusing next-generation Hamlet.

In 2021, as the United Kingdom is about to enter its third lockdown, professional actors Sam and Mark take refuge in the world of the infamous video game, Grand Theft Auto. Between two bloody fights, they arrive by chance in an open-air arena, a painful reminder that the theatres are closed. In this virtual world where everything is possible and violence omnipresent, they are reminded of Hamlet. Joined by Pinny, a documentary filmmaker, they embark on a wild project: staging Shakespeare’s play within GTA itself, with actor-gamers. As an incongruous community grows around the project, including a nerdy Shakespeare fan and a shy gamer who dreams of the limelight, a show begins to take shape. But in the world of GTA as in that of Hamlet, violence reigns supreme, and the protagonists must pursue their project in spite of the ever-present threat of being killed by other gamers with less Shakespearian priorities. The distance created by constantly interweaving the worlds of the video game, the play and reality results in a hilariously offbeat film.
Léa Eigenmann

Pinny Grylls
Grand Theft Hamlet, 2024
Skin Hunger, 2021
Thank You Women, 2015
Becoming Zerlina, 2014
The Hour, 2012
Who Do you Think you Were?, 2010
Peter and Ben, 2008

Sam Crane
Grand Theft Hamlet, 2024
We Are Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On, 2022


Pinny Grylls
Jamie Perera
Pinny Grylls
Jamie Perera
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