Bill Shakespeare stars in silly season film

THE silly season is not quite over as the National Film and Sound Archive brings us a one-week school holiday season of the UK family adventure-comedy film “Bill,”  the latest from the team behind the hit TV series “Horrible Histories” and “Yonderland”.


Produced by Punk Cinema and Cowboy Films for BBC Films, it was released in the UK in September 2015 and is a fictional take on the young William Shakespeare’s search for fame and fortune, as written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond and directed by Richard Bracewell.

“Bill” follows the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare as he leaves his home to follow his dream as a play-writer in London. A tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth I, it features the six lead performers playing several different roles each, including Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond, Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick and Laurence Rickard.

Can one man prove the quill is mightier than the sword? You’ll just have to see.

“Bill”, at Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, January 7-13, Tickets $10 at

Thu 7, Fri 8 & Sat 9 Jan – 12noon, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Sun 10, Mon 11, Tue 12 & Wed 13 Jan – 12noon & 2.30pm

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