A new film of the play Kursk is now available to watch on the digital arts service The Space for free. Inspired by the Russian submarine disaster in August 2000, this adaptation is directed by Amanda Boyle (Skins), with cinematographer Tat Radcliffe (Top Boy) inventively adapting this landmark production for film.
Kursk played to packed houses and received rave reviews twice at London’s Young Vic, on a UK tour, and most recently at Sydney Opera House. It was also nominated for several awards, including the ‘Best Off West End Production’ at the Whatsonstage Awards 2009.
The story is inspired by the devastating event in 2000 when the Russian submarine Kursk suffered a huge explosion, and sank with all on board. Set on a Royal Navy hunter-killer submarine, sent to spy on the Kursk on its final fateful mission in 2000, the play follows five British crew members who live and serve under extreme pressure, hidden beneath the waves.
Alike the stage production, the film has been shot on the set for the play, placing the audience at the heart of the submarine’s intense environment, and using innovative cinematography to capture the unique feel of the live play. The cast includes Sound&Fury’s Tom Espiner as well as Ian Ashpitel, Keir Charles, Laurence Mitchell and Jonah Russell.
Watch Kursk now at TheSpace.org and enjoy the other great free, and on-demand events the site has to offer. From Shakespeare productions, to a specially filmed performance of Owen Sheers‘ The Two Worlds of Charlie F, The Space is the destination for theatre lovers online.