Vlatka Vorkapic: Judith French


Directed by Vlatka Vorkapic
Translated by Filip Krenus

April 16th at 8PM
RADA STUDIOS, 16 Chennies Street, London

A kiosk seller loses her job and her flat. A broker decides to help her on one condition: she has to pretend she’s his favourite comic book character for a few hours every day. A story about unusual, unlikely friendship by award-winning playwright and film maker Vlatka Vorkapić.

Vlatka Vorkapic

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Vlatka Vorkapić studied film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and read Comparative Literature and Czech Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She scripted and directed a number of award-winning documentaries and drama series. She has directed around thirty documentary films, two short films and two theatre pieces.
Her play Judith French won the prestigious Marin Držić Award for the Best Play.

In 2012 she completed critically acclaimed feature film Sonja and the Bull starring Judita Franković which was a huge hit in Croatia. .

Judita Frankovic as Judith French

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Judita Franković was born in Zagreb and has worked extensively in film and theatre. She is the only Croatian actress who has won the Best Actress Award without attending the Academy of Performing Art, Zagreb. She received the award for the role of Tonka in Judith French.  She trained under Simona Dimintrov-Palatinuš in the Acting Studio of Teatar EXIT in Zagreb and attended workshops by Cicely Berry, Rycszard Nieoczim, Scott Fielding, Fern Smith and others. Theatre credits include:  I. Vidić: Valley of the Roses, directed by Krešimir Dolenčić, Gavella Theatre, Zagreb; B. Vian: The Plummer, directed by Natalija Manojlović,  Teatar ITD/MBZ, Zagreb; V. Stojsavljević: Nikola VII, directed by Romano Bogdan, HNK Varaždin/CKČ; V. Vorkapić: Judith French, directed by Vlatka Vorkapić, Arsseptima/CeKaTe; Bad Music Tower, directed by Nik Đurić, Teatar ITD; E. Kaestner: The Twins, directed by Oliver Frljić, Dubrava Children’s Theatre; M. Begović: Bez trećega, Giga Barićeva, directed by Marina Petković, Tirena. For the role of Tonka in Judith French, Judita won 2009 Croatian Theatre Award for best actress in a dramatic play, 2009 Fabijan Šovagović Award for best actress at the 16th Actor’s Festival, 2009 Marul Award for acting achievement at the 19th Marulovi dani for the role of Tonka in the play Judith French. Feature film: 2012 Autumn Children, Lidija, directed by Goran Rukavina, (in post-production), Sonja and the Bull, directed by Vlatka Vorkapić, 2011 Ćaća, directed by Dalibor Matanić, 2010 Mother of Asphalt, directed by Dalibor Matanić, 2010 Once Upon a Winter’s Night, directed by Sara Hribar, (in post-production), 2007 Penelope, Buga, directed by Ben Ferris. Television: Rest in peace, (Croatian Television) Loza, Biba’s World, Bitange i princeze, Kad zvoni?

Ben Fisher as Damir

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Training: ALRA. TV: 20 anything (Comedy Unit), Lost in Austen (ITV), Emma (BBC), Crooked House (BBC). Film: Captain America (Marvel), Memories of You (ammendola film), Brideshead Revisited (BBC Fims). Theatre: Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing (Veni Vidi), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal Bath), Random Acts of Strangers (Etcetera), Rat Snare (King Head).

Alasdair Shanks as Janko

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Alasdair trained at E15 acting school and has worked in theatre, film and televison. In addition to this he recently wrote, produced and directed a short film based on an concept inspired by his experiences as a new father called Dummies. He is currently developing the idea as a TV sit-com and is a published contributor to a national magazine for new parents. His roles in theatre include: Drum Major in Woyzek, Tybalt and the Friar in Romeo&Juliet, Bruno/Boffi in As you desire me, Don John in Much ado About Nothing, Savage John in Brave New World, Tamburlaine in Who stole Mee.
Roles for Television: Mitchell Hedges, and Percy Fawcett in Raiders of the Lost Past, World Media Rights,Yesterday
Roles for film: Alasdair has been in accredited shorts including Facial (Jokers Pack)  , The Acid Game (Roys Boys), A soldiers story (Westminster College)
Alasdair is also a founding member of Little Lights Theatre based at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

 
Vlatka Vorkapic: Judith French