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Before I Sleep (film)

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Before I Sleep
Promotional poster
Directed byAaron Sharff
Billy Sharff
Screenplay byAaron Sharff
Billy Sharff
Produced byAaron Sharff
Billy Sharff
StarringDavid Warner
Tom Sizemore
Bonnie Wright
Cynthia Gibb
Eric Roberts
Eugene Simon
CinematographyMatt Bucy
Music byBilly Sharff
Elemental Cinema
Release date
Running time
82 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Before I Sleep is a 2013 American drama film co-directed, written and produced by Aaron Sharff and Billy Sharff. The film features David Warner, Tom Sizemore, Bonnie Wright, Cynthia Gibb, Eric Roberts, Eugene Simon, Campbell Scott and Chevy Chase.[2][3][4][5] It was formerly titled Shakespeare's Daughter.[6] The film premiered in competition at the Heartland Film Festival on October 19, 2013.[1][7] The film marks the final film appearance of James Rebhorn before his death.


Eugene Devlin, a once famous, now reclusive poet, searches through his past, looking for redemption and peace.




Aaron and Billy wrote the screenplay for the film in 2011, about an old American poet named Eugene. Talking about the film they said that "(it is) an ensemble film that spans three major different times in Eugene's life." They further talked about the character of Eugene "His wife is dead, his daughter can't stand him, and he doesn't have many friends."[8]

They also chose to shoot scenes at The Frost Place, the museum and former home of late American poet Robert Frost.[9] They explained their reasons for filming at The Frost Place by saying that "The Frost Place was an exciting natural step because our main character is a poet and has many similarities to Frost, there's so much art and creativity in this area."[8]


Talking about the casting Aaron and Billy said that they spend so much time on script that they knew exactly which actor they wanted for the particular role. They explained that "There was a feeling, when we got to casting we just knew who could and couldn't fit this or that role." David Warner was selected to play the role of older Eugene, the directors knew from the start that he was perfect for the role. Billy said about his casting that "David was amazing, to see in the space, among the woods in New England was incredible. Without him we wouldn't have this movie. Maybe he'll finally get knighted for this."[8]


Filming was done in the New England region of the United States, starting on 22 June 2012, in Vermont, then later moving to Franconia, New Hampshire, and ended in August 2012.[10][11]


On 10 June 2013 a few second clip of scene featuring Eugene Simon and Bonnie Wright was released online.[12] In November 2014, first official trailer of the film was released.[13]


  1. ^ a b "HLF: Before I Sleep". Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Video: Bonnie Wright in "Before I Sleep" ("Shakespeare's Daughter") film's first look". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. ^ "First clip of Bonnie Wright in 'Before I Sleep'". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Eugene Simon". Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Bonnie Wright". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Shakespeare's Daughter". Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. ^ "2013 Heartland Film Festival Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Filmmaking duo -- local brothers -- work on new project". Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Frost Place is backdrop to New England filmmakers' new project, 'Shakespeare's Daughter'". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Jamie Barber to Film Shakespeare's Daughter". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  11. ^ "@thisisbwright". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Sneak Peek of Eugene Simon and Bonnie Wright in "Before I Sleep"". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Trailer (Before I Sleep - Official Trailer)". Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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