Posted By Roger Stritmatter on March 23, 2013
Last Will. & Testament, the new blockbuster authorship documentary by First Folio pictures, recieved the Bill Muller – Best Celebration of the Written Word Award by the Jury of the Sedona International Film Festival.
Directors Lisa Wilson and Laura Wilson Matthias accepted the award at the Awards Brunch on Sunday March 3rd after the film’s third screening. LWT enjoyed two sold out screenings throughout the week and a third was added by popular demand.
PBS Frontline documentary filmmaker Al Austin, producer of the 1987 Frontline “Shakespeare Authorship Mystery” documentary has this to say about the 90 minute production:
Last Will. and Testament is the most beautiful, eloquent and almost mesmerizing film I have seen on this great subject: Who was Shakespeare? Not only is their case overwhelming, it’s easy to follow and impossible to refute. The Stratfordians try their best and are given ample opportunity to do it but come across as almost pathetic, as though begging the audience to believe that it doesn’t really matter who the author was. And that plea no longer works, because burgeoning new research now reveals that knowing the true author’s identity profoundly changes the meaning of some of the plays as well as our understanding of that period of history.
…Even those who have never given a thought to the authorship “question” will find Last Will and Testament a moving experience. I also have the feeling that this film, given enough exposure, will deliver the knockout punch to the Stratford apologists and send them back to school for a proper education.
This summer Last Will. and Testament will be making a tour of “Great House” screenings throughout England.