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John Madden directed Joseph Fiennes as young Will Shakespeare, suffering with writer's block and falling in love with a girl, masquerading as a boy, playing the part of a girl... so to speak.
Directed by: John Madden
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Rupert Everett
The Film: It's the reign of Elizabeth I and Will Shakespeare, a penniless writer, has lost his muse while the prospects for his latest commission, 'Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter,' look troubled. Enter Viola Lesseps, who auditions for the still unwritten play and captures both the lead role and the heart of its author, inspiring Shakespeare to write his famous play.
Composer: English composer Stephen Warbeck started out as a budding thespian, but turned his hand to writing music for film and TV in the early 1990s. As well as Shakespeare in Love (1998), his list of feature films include Mrs. Brown, Mystery Men, Quills, Billy Elliot, Captain Corellis's Mandolin and Birthday Girl. As well as winning an unexpected Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love, Warbeck has received five BAFTA nominations for his TV work, including one for the successful series Prime Suspect.