The short film Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, written and directed by Emerson Gullifer, uses the character of Lizzie as a way to examine the world of theater and how difficult it is for women to advance in the way that men can. The film focuses on a production of Macbeth, in which Lizzie has been cast as Lady Macduff. As rehearsals begin the director insists upon creating a viscerally charged version of the play, which begins to push Lizzie to her breaking point.
In roughly 24 minutes this black and white feature shows Lizzie being dismissed by her director whenever she asks questions or tries to determine how well she is performing. While choreographing her major scene, which involves a fight and her ultimate death as Lady Macduff, he insists that the men attacking her must be brutal. As the show progresses Lizzie starts to examine her work as an actress and how the men are lauded for their work, while the women seem to be ignored or not seen as talented. This culminates in a viscerally charged scene where she performs the entire fight scene alone in front of the audience.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a film that will overwhelm you with the power of its story telling. Matilda Ridgway as Lizzie brings such raw emotion to her performance and every moment she is on screen she is pushing herself. Outside of the fight scene she performs her monologue concerning Shakespeare and what roles are available to women is heartwrenching. This film showcases a message that needs to be told and creates a dialogue concerning just how much work still must be done within the various fields of entertainment. You can now find both the trailer and the film on Vimeo.
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