Sir Kenneth Branagh explains scale of Cinderella challenge

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 March 2015
Sir Kenneth Branagh

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Acclaimed director Sir Kenneth Branagh has revealed he found making 'Cinderella' to be as intimidating as tackling a William Shakespeare production

Sir Kenneth Branagh found making 'Cinderella' as intimidating as tackling a William Shakespeare production.

The 54-year-old director is responsible for the new Disney movie production of the classic fairytale and insists he can't distinguish between 'Cinderella' and some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays, which he's also directed.

Asked which is more intimidating, he replied: "I'd say it's equally intimidating. The ferocity of passion that is engendered by people when they don't like what you've done is really tremendous. It's intense.

"But my feeling is always that the original work is there, at the end of it, or whatever people might deem as the traditional way of doing things.

"But, I always think that's a myth. Particularly with Shakespeare, they weren't there in the 1600s, so it's usually an idea, in our own heads, of what's right and proper, or just what you prefer."

However, Sir Kenneth tries not to apply too much pressure to himself when embarking on such an ambitious project.

He told Collider: "The thing to bear in mind, when you're actually making it, is that you can't set out to make a classic. If it turns out to be regarded in that way, great.

"You're just trying to find this moment to tell this story, at this time."


  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 1h 45min
  • U
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Ben Chaplin
  • UK release: 27 March 2015

Cinderella (James) loses her parents and is left with stepmother Lady Tremaine (Blanchett) and cruel stepsisters (McShera and Grainger); but soon enough, she's off to the ball. Weitz's crafty script has enough surreal touches to keep you interested and the result, while hardly a new take on the story, is still a pleasant…

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