The Tempest

The Tempest Trailers

Original title The Tempest
Category Fantasy, Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 2010
Production Country
Directors Julie Taymor
Cast Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Reeve Carney, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Jude Akuwudike
Distributor Walt Disney Pictures

Synopsis

In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.