30 October 2017
Jacqueline Pepall directs "Honor" a short film written by Rafe Judkins, featuring Taylor Napier and Lucy Hawkins.
23 October 2017
We're so excited that Ophelia's End won 'Best of Fest' this weekend at the Flicks by Chicks Fest in Dallas! Congrats everyone!
2 October 2017
Ahead of Ophelia's End screening at Dallas' Flicks by Chicks Festival, Jacqueline Pepall spoke with Paula Goldberg about re-imagining Hamlet...
Shakespeare’s most famous heroine breaks free in Director Jacqueline Pepall’s provocative short film, Ophelia’s End. The film screens October 21st as part of a slate of dynamic films by female filmmakers at the Flicks by Chicks Film Festival!
6 PM - SHORTS BLOCK SCREENING at Alamo Drafthouse Cedars 1005 S Lamar St. Dallas
Interview by Paula Goldberg
Finding myself obsessed with this terrific gem of feminist elizabethan badassery, I recently sent some questions across the pond to filmmaker, Jacquie Pepall.
FXCF: To quote Two Gentleman of Verona "Good things should be praised"! So, I’ll start out by saying, I loved Ophelia’s End:). Did you have any concerns that a reimagining of Shakespeare using Elizabethan English would be hard for the modern film viewer?
JACQUIE: Yes, absolutely! We worried the language would alienate audiences, particularly in a festival context. It can take a moment for your brain to adjust to Shakespeare, and I worried audiences would feel confused or mis-sold. Ultimately though, I was just so attracted to the idea of opening the film with the funeral scene from Hamlet and using that scene (directly from the play) as the starting point for Ophelia’s story. In an early draft of the script we switched to more contemporary language after the funeral scene, but it felt too jarring - I wanted our film to sit alongside Hamlet’s world, so we decided to go all in on Elizabethan language!
FXCF: In Hamlet, Ophelia is most definitely a tragic figure and dominated by men. Quintin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds flipped the narrative for Jews as being more empowered. Did empathy for her and perhaps a need to explore Ophelia’s feminist empowerment prompt this project?
JACQUIE: Yes, exactly. I had this funny experience reading Hamlet in high school, where I really wanted to love the play - Hamlet had been in my consciousness growing up because my dad had named our dog Hamlet (!) - but I found I just couldn’t connect with the play. I wanted a female character that I could identify with. I found both Gertrude and Ophelia such archetypes of weakness. So, in a way, Ophelia’s End was a gift to my teenage self - an Ophelia that I could get behind.
Short comedy, The Hotel Affair will screen at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival in January 2018.
10 July 2017
Kickstarting Rianne Pictures' season of interviews with female film directors, they spoke with Jacqueline Pepall.
Read the full interview here
"When Jacqueline's not directing fiction and commercials with leading female roles, she's running things at Great Lake Films, her award winning production company. Here she talks to us about women in film, building a team and problems in advertising."
Interview by Cagla Demirbas
I always want to tell stories about characters who feel honest and true, so inspiration often comes from the women in my life. Lately I’ve found myself trying to create the type of characters or heroes really that I would have wanted to see as a teenage girl. In my film Ophelia’s End, for example, I wanted to re-imagine the women of Hamlet as daring and brave. In a way Ophelia’s End was a gift to my teenage self.
We’re just starting to see some positive changes in how women and women's bodies are represented in this space, but there’s certainly a long way to go. I’d love to be part of a movement to push this change forward. While I’ve never experienced any overt sexism, there are some systemic challenges that need to be overcome. For example, we need to see more women directing commercial content that isn’t necessarily directed at women. All the commercial work I’ve done has been for products aimed at women.
20 March 2017
'Ophelia's End' is an Official Selection for LIFF 2017.
"[LIFF IS] A TREASURE TROVE OF UNDISCOVERED CINEMATIC GEMS, ONE OF EUROPE'S TOP INDIE FILM FESTS" (Time Out)
26 February 2017
Director Jacqueline Pepall spills the beans on her directing crush, Suzanne Bier, in a guest blog for the Hospital Club.
12 January 2017
Director Jacqueline Pepall was the guest speaker at Canada House for the 150th birthday of Canada and The Bishop Strachan School.
Jacqueline Pepall spoke about her work as a director, the importance of women behind the camera, and the future of UK/Canada co-productions.
17 December 2016
John Owen Theobald and Jackie Pepall win award for feature screenplay.
John and Jackie's screenplay 'The Conspirators,' which follows Gavrilo Princip and his school friends' plot to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was a Feature Screenplay Competition Winner at the London Films Awards 2016. The screenplay is adapted from John's forthcoming historical novel, The Last Prince.
John's first feature screenplay, 'Chosen,' exploring the love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann, received an Honourable Mention in the UK Film Festival 2015 and was an Official Finalist at the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting, Los Angeles.
12 October 2016
Jacqueline Pepall taught a 3D Filmmaking masterclass as part of the 2016 BFI Film Academy.
31 July 2016
Jacqueline Pepall's We'll Meet Again is nominated for Best Foreign Film at the New Hope Film Festival.