The Scandal of Retire

FILM PREMIERE: ‘The Scandal of Retire’ (2021, 10mins) – The ‘Molehill Speech’ from William Shakespeare’s ‘King Henry VI, Part 3’.Produced by SharpStick Films. Starring Mark Burghagen as ‘Henry VI’. Directed by Baz Jones.

Film Screening of ‘The Scandal of Retire’ followed by a Question and Answer session with actor Mark Burghagen and director Baz Jones, hosted by Rosemary Alexander-Jones from the University of York.
York-based actor Mark Burghagen has a passion for performing extracts from William Shakespeare’s History Plays in the locations they likely took place. In 2019 he appeared as Shakespeare’s King Richard II in the short film ‘The Sacred King’. The film features Mark performing the ‘Prison Speech’ at Pontefract Castle, where Shakespeare set the speech.
In 2020 Mark approached Baz Jones to create a short film of ‘The Molehill Speech’ from ‘Henry VI Part 3’, partly inspired by the 550th anniversary of Henry’s death in 2021. Ten years before Henry’s death, in 1461, the ‘Wars of the Roses’ Battle of Towton, took place near York. Described as “the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil”, Henry’s ‘House of Lancaster’ forces faced the Yorkist armies of Edward IV.
Henry and Queen Margaret probably spent the battle in York, but Shakespeare imagined both of them at the battlefield, and has the king himself withdrawing from the field and delivering the ‘Molehill Speech’ as he reflects on the violence and death, and his role and responsibilities as King.
Using the ‘site-specific’ concept, Mark and Baz filmed at locations close to the Towton Battlefield, as well as at Ilkley Moor.
Described by Baz as a ‘no-budget, low-budget film’, the team were delighted to be long-listed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s ‘Shakespeare Shorts festival’ in 2020. Baz and Mark are thrilled that ‘The Scandal of Retire’ receives its public premiere as part of the York International Shakespeare Festival 2021. 
Original music for ‘The Scandal of Retire’ was composed and performed by Robin Davey of Squamulous.

After the Q&A there is an opportunity to see a special version of the speech filmed at the Chapel of Clifford’s Tower, York Castle (SharpStick Films, 2020, 4mins 30secs), the castle possibly being the location where Henry and Margaret awaited news of the battle (filmed with the kind permission of English Heritage).  

Q&A host Rosemary ‘Rosy’ Alexander-Jones is a PhD student working at the University of York in the Department of Film, Theatre, Television and Interactive Media. Her PhD focusses on the use of historic buildings in fiction and heritage films and the effect of filming on the visitor experience. She teaches screen studies on the International Foundation Programme at Warwick University and is also a filmmaker. Her recent VR/360 film ‘Mission to the Stars’ was officially selected for the 360 Film Festival in Paris and ‘Water Running’, a short film based on the Victorian Phantom Ride films won an arthouse award at the Jane Austen International Film Festival in 2020.

Original music for ‘The Scandal of Retire’ was composed and performed by Robin Davey of Squamulous.

Credits
King Henry VI………………………………….Mark Burghagen

Directed by……………………………………..Baz Jones

Written by……………………………………….William Shakespeare

Music……………………………………………..Robin Davey

running time estimated at around 45 minutes

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