Next (1990 film)
|Directed by||Barry Purves |
|Produced by||Sara Mullock|
|Written by||Barry Purves|
|Based on||Plays of William Shakespeare|
|Music by||Stuart Gordon|
|Cinematography||Dave Alex Riddett|
|Edited by||Helen Garrard|
|28 November 1990 (UK)|
14 December 2002 (Olomouc Animation Film Festival, Czech Republic)
7 June 2003 (Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canada)
William Shakespeare auditions for an undetermined role in front of a bore Peter Hall with references to his play in under five minutes.
- Barry Purves - Will, a poor player (animation)
- Roger Rees - Peter, a Producer (voice)
The film was commissioned by Channel 4 as part of a 5-part series of Aardman animations called "Lip Synch": Creature Comforts (1989), Going Equipped (1990), Ident (1990), Next (1990) and War Story (1989). 
Peter was voiced by Roger Rees  and is reading one of Hall's books. The halo indicates that he represents Saint Peter, and that Shakespeare is auditioning to get into Heaven. The film references all of 37 Shakespeare plays. 
A clip of this short was shown in the 2003 documentary Animated Century.
On imdb, Next received a rating of 7.3/10 from 188 users.
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