Cinderella Games was commissioned by English National Ballet in association with the Royal Albert Hall. This original dance film takes inspiration from Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Cinderella, yet imagines the fairy-tale with an alternate ending: after the ball the real Cinderella was never found, and instead a sinister game show now exists in which contestants compete for its title.
Shot on location amidst the breathtaking Victorian architecture of the Kempton Steam Rooms and the Royal Albert Hall and set to Prokoviev's magical, eerie and atmospheric 'Cinderella' score, the film features an intergenerational cast of 30 non-professional dancers (aged 18 - 79), with professional dancers Chihiro Kawasaki and Matthew Hawkins in the lead roles.
The film was played as a curtain raiser at venues including the Palace Theatre, Manchester and Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, as part of English National Ballet's national tour.
Cinderella Games was named winner of the Best Musical category at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020.
‘We fell in love with both locations and they informed the film in every sense. The choreography and storyline
grew out of our desire to place the character and purpose of these rich spaces at the heart of the story. At the same time
we liked the idea of ‘if the shoe fits’ in the Cinderella story, and of course the whole notion of a ‘happy ever after’
being something that could just be arrived at, like winning a competition.
Cinderella Games was a collision of all these ideas.’
Jess and Morgs
Direction, Concept and Choreography Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple
Director of Photography Matthias Pilz
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Editor Livia Serpa
Costumes Susan Kulkarni
Production Design Bobbie Cousins
Produced by Bluebird Productions and English National Ballet
'a cross between Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with colour saturation by Hollywood Technicolor.'
British theatre guide
'I loved this film. Watched it twice. Original, imaginative, a real joy to see something so different.'
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