It’s the greatest literary mystery of all time; who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems have persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubt that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England’s “Star of Poets”.
From Executive Producer ROLAND EMMERICH, DEREK JACOBI leads an impressive cast featuring OSCAR® WINNER VANESSA REDGRAVE and TONY® WINNER MARK RYLANCE on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world’s most elusive author and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.
SHAKESPEARE'S UNORTHODOX BIOGRAPHY
Piers graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2009.
His theatre work includes OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR and MACHINAL at the Tobacco Factory, ‘Octavius’ in ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre, THE MISANTHROPE at The Bristol Old Vic and‘Jimmy Porter’ in a mid-scale tour of LOOK BACK IN ANGER directed by Amanda Knott. Most recently Piers appeared in KING LEAR and THE CHERRY ORCHARD at The Tobacco Factory, who will be taking both productions to The Rose Theatre, Kingston in May.
Piers has extensive radio credits, and received the BBC Carleton Hobbs award in 2009. Credits include THE CHANGELING for BBC Radio 3, COLD, PLANTAGENET, SHIRLEYMANDER, THE DECOY, GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, THE MAN IN BLACK, WEIRD TALES, TOO MUCH INFORMATION, SHERLOCK HOLMES, TINKER TAYLOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY, SMILEY’S PEOPLE and BEWARE OF PITY for BBC Radio 4. He was also ‘Jude’ in THE ARCHERS.
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Directed and Produced by
Laura Wilson Matthias
Director of Photography
Sara Parnell Crosby
Claire-Estelle Bertrand (UK)
Contributors (In Order of Appearance))
Gerald J. Meyer
Cristian Pirjol (Germany)
Max Zenk (Germany)
Martin Finney (U.K)
Peter Bloor (UK)
Best Boy Electric
Ray Meehan (UK)
Ben Watson (UK)
Kieran Teather (UK)
Helen Grundy (UK)
Susanna Posnett (UK)
Make Up and Hair
Susan Sittko Schaefer
Liberty Haynes (UK)
Lindsay Walsh (UK)
Archival Research and Clearances
Motion Graphics by
Carsten Becker, Creative Director
Luis F. Morales
Francis De La Torre
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Different by Design & HD Cinema
Graphic Design by
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
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Reder & Feig LLP
Benjamin R. Reder, Esq,
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Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Media Insurance Brokers Limited (UK)
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Bemel, Ross & Klein LLP
Travel Services Provided by
Yves Albiez, Abaris Media,
MOVING AND STILL IMAGERY COURTESY OF
The Bodleian Libraries
Bridgeman Art Library
The British Library Board
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
The Coventry Diocese
The Folger Shakespeare Library
Al Hirschfeld / Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd.
The Huntington Library
John Rylands University Library
Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Library of Congress
The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY
The National Archives of the UK
The National Portrait Gallery, London
Private Collections on loan to The National Portrait Gallery of London
The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Thought Equity Motion
WGBH Media Library and Archives
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon
“ANONYMOUS” COURTESY OF COLUMBIA PICTURES
English Speaking Union, London
EPM Publications Inc.
The Free Press / Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Gotham Books / Penguin Group
Grove Press / Atlantic, Inc
Anchor PRess / Random House, Inc.
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Atlas Books / Harper Perennial
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Stratford Parish Register
Meadow Geese Press
The New York Times
Oxford Institute Press
Oxford University Press
US News and World Report
W. W. Norton & Company
The Producers Wish to Thank:
Eva von Malotky
Lauren Rae Matthias
Paul K. Matthias
Cast and Crew of ANONYMOUS
Nancy Eve Wolf
Joachim W. Dumkow
Richard F. Whalen
Special Thanks to:
The Honourable Thomas Lindsay and his wife Demetra Lindsay for exclusive access to Castle Hedingham, Essex.
Michael Cecil, Marquess of Exeter, and Miranda and Orlando Rock for their generous access to the Burghley House Estate.
The National Portrait Gallery, London for access to their unrivaled collection.
The Richard Paul & Jane Roe Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University
Nigel Bailey, House Manager, Wilton House, Wiltshire, U.K.
Cape Fear Community College Film and Video Production Department
Philip Gompertz, House Manager, Burghley House, Stamford, U.K.
Alan Scott, Warden, St. Martin’s Church, Stamford, U.K.
John Shahan, Shakespeare Authorship Coalition
Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK
Chapel of St. Stephens, Bures, Suffolk, UK
Concordia University, Portland, OR
Florence Gould Hall, New York, NY
Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
Hedingham Castle, Essex, UK
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, CA
Jacksons Lane Theatre, London, UK
King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Middle Temple, London, UK
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Properties, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
St Augustine's Tower, Hackney, UK
St. Etheldreda Church, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
St. Martin’s Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK
Studio Babelsberg, Berlin, Germany
Wilton House, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
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