Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. –IMDb
John Philip Madden (born 8 April 1949) is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio.
Madden was educated at Clifton College. He was in the same house as friend and fellow director Roger Michell.He began his career in British independent films, and graduated from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex) in 1970 with a B.A. in English literature. He started work in television including directing Prime Suspect 4 and episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (ITV, 1984-1994) and Inspector Morse.
Perhaps his most notable achievement to date was directing Shakespeare in Love, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998, and for which he was also nominated as Best Director; he lost to Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan. The film also won the Silver Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
Madden is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals… read more
really can't understand why judy dench won ad oscar for this. her play was just useless, lol.
despite (or maybe because of ) all the Oscars it won I still consider this brilliant film to be one of the most underrated films ever. this is my favorite romantic comedy, period film and biopic (if it can be called that since it's not based on facts but entirely fictional).
Geoffrey Rush was nominated for his role and Gwyneth Paltrow won for hers yet the one performance that was one of the only really great things about this film didn’t even get a nomination!!! I’m speaking… read review