“[The title of the film] is the first word of the play, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” But it’s also the significance of how on the stage, it is all about now, what’s happening right in front of your eyes at that moment, and then it’s gone. To be able to have a film that reveals so much about what that experience is like … I specifically intended to make a film that would appeal to people who don’t go to the theater at all. — Kevin Spacey to Deadline, 2/28/14
Before Kevin Spacey took on the role of Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards, a role which has oft been compared to Shakespeare’s tyrannical King Richard III, he performed the role of King Richard III in the highly ambitious Bridge Project, a collaboration among London’s Old Vic, NYC’s Brooklyn Academy of Music and Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions that brought new productions of classic works — mostly by Shakespeare — to audiences around the world. In 2012, Spacey joined forces with Mendes, who directed him in the 1999 film American Beauty, on a staging of William Shakespeare’s Richard III that premiered at London’s storied The Old Vic theater, then traveled to 12 cities around the world.
That journey is documented in Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, directed by Jeremy Whelehan, a frequent assistant director at the Old Vic. In the film, Whelehan follows Spacey, Mendes and the rest of the company — composed of British and American actors — to nine of their destinations, providing a behind-the-scenes tour at venues ranging from Greece’s 2,500-year-old Epidaurus to Beijing’s state-of-the-art National Centre for the Performing Arts, chronicling the production from its rehearsals in London to its concluding performance in Brooklyn. The film offers plenty of access to the world of Spacey’s RICHARD III, both onstage and off.
NOW: The Film is is playing in a limited number of theaters in the US, so while you may not be able to see it in theaters, NOW is also ‘now’ available to download via www.nowthefilm.com. Enter the code NASHVILLE at checkout for a special discount and enjoy the film!
All proceeds from the digital release go to The Kevin Spacey Foundation which aims to train, support and mentor emerging artists in the performing arts and film.