More2Screen has been appointed by Leopard Films to distribute a stunning new 3D film of Matthew Bourne’s iconic Swan Lake to digital cinemas worldwide from March 2012. Perhaps best–known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, it was filmed in 3D at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2011 with a stellar cast including the magnificent Richard Winsor as the lead Swan/Stranger, Dominic North as The Prince and Nina Goldman as The Queen.
This is the first time Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has been filmed in 3D – in fact it is the world’s first 3D Swan Lake – and the multi-camera 3D shoot has created an illusion of space around the dancers, drawing the spectator onto the stage and bringing a dramatic realism to the story. Dance critic Ismene Brown noted: “It brings an immediacy in experiencing dance in theatre that will reach countless numbers who can never see it on stage.”
When it premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant re–interpretation of one of ballet’s classic stories turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. With more than 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys and an Olivier, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the stage, becoming the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway.
Christine Costello, Managing Director, More2Screen comments: “Following on from our success with the worldwide distribution of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Giselle 3D in 2011, we are delighted to be working with Leopard Films to take Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 3D to digital cinemas across the globe. Audiences everywhere will relish the opportunity to see this modern classic in 3D, shown in its full glory on the big screen for the first time.“
Fiona Morris, Head of Arts & Performance at Leopard Films says of the association with More2Screen: “With their impressive track record in the alternative content market and previous experience of a global 3D ballet theatrical release, More2Screen is the ideal distribution partner for us to ensure dance fans will be able to watch Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 3D in state-of-the-art digital cinemas worldwide.”
More2Screen is the leading London–based alternative content distributor with more than 5 years of experience acquiring and distributing world-class opera, ballet, music concerts, theatre and special event films to cinemas across the globe – including 22 live broadcasts, over 100 different recorded productions and 3D live/recorded content.