An animated, manga-style film trailer of Shakespeare’s Macbeth reworked as a dark, modern, gothic parable.

A dark, gothic, animated modern parable. Based on Shakespeare’s great psychological thriller. The script for this trailer won the International Movie Trailer Festival “best trailer script” in 2011. 

This trailer is aimed at the main international film audience of 20-40 year olds who are steeped in the world of graphic computer games, and the revival of the Gothic comic genre over recent years. There is also the possibility of opening a vast education opportunity, to make Shakespeare accessible to students in many countries. Animation transcends many barriers.

The Project aim is to use this trailer to sell the project on, to a production studio and/or internet platform – and realise it as an animated feature based on the full screenplay.

The Team

A passionate group of people fully dedicated to making this wonderful film.


Ivar Kants Writer/director/producer. Ivar’s career spans nearly four decades in Australian theatre, film and television since graduation from NIDA in 1970. Theatre Credits include: Nimrod Theatre (Much Ado About Nothing, Three Sisters, Merchant of Venice); Hampstead Theatre, Old Vic London (The Club); South Australian Theatre Co (Revenger’s Tragedy); QTC and Marian St (Moby Dick); Ensemble Theatre (The Sea Horse); Sydney Theatre Company (The Herbal Bed); Belvoir St Theatre (The Seagull); Bell Shakespeare (Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Theatre of Image (The Happy Prince).

For Film Ivar has performed in The Plumber (title role); Naked Country; Jenny Kissed Me and Silver City. In 1990’s Ivar was invited to film in Eastern Europe for the film – Buris (My Cage). This was the first film in post-Soviet era Latvia, which subsequently won the best film. His extensive television history includes:guest roles: Homicide, The Sullivans, Cop Shop and Menotti, Country Practice, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Murder Call, All Saints, Farscape, Beastmaster. Network roles, Neighbours, Heartbreak High More recently playing the permanent character Barry Hyde in Home and Away.

Ivar’s writing credits include Macbeth……for the Second Millenium screenplay adaptation won Best Script – Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2011; “Blue Moon…..if Elvis’ (written, devised, performed)

DWAYNE LABBE (Chief animator & conceptual artist). Dwayne is an award winning animator with a career spanning well over 35 years. He has worked for most the major animation studios such as Walt Disney and Nickelodeon with household titles such as Aladdin and Ren & Stimpy under his belt. He won an Emmy award for his work on Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.

ANGUS ROBERTSON (Audio). Angus is the head of sound at “Huzzah Sound” / Spectrum Films, one of Sydney’s major film post-production studios. Audio is crucial in this project. The text (as adapted by Ivar Kants) drives the images, and will be recorded first.

JAKE KANTS (Co-producer on this campaign). Jake has a fine arts background and has done extensive work in illustration. He is absolutely instrumental on the campaign.

ANDRIAN KOTIK (Co-producer on this campaign). Andrian is a senior graphic/web/motion/UX/UI designer with experience in a number of design disciplines. He directed, coordinated and executed this campaign.


The film is essentially set in a City. The visual style drifts between polluted, high-tech exteriors of “Blade-Runner” and the deco interiors (wood panel and chrome) of “Sunset Boulevarde.” Light and Shadow……the only colour in the film should burst onto the screen. The flames of an oil rig in the opening corporate function.

A red cloth holding a chrome pistol. It is un-ashamedly “film noir” derived. Macbeth’s end, resonates with Howard Hawke’s “Scarface”.


The ultimate power of the story is in Shakespeare’s beautifully rivetting text – which allows us to see the horrors they commit….yet feel for them. It is the prototype of all great thrillers and moves at break-neck speed.

In the creator’s own words: To the audience who know the story we are saying “we’re playing games to entice you”. To those that don’t – the real world will sadly provide enough reference.

The world of globalisation – a world divided between those who control technology and the rest. The grinding poverty of the third world and within the economically strong countries themselves. The shaky markets in Europe and Asia. The political chaos and lawlessness of Eastern Europe, the dark and internecine violence in the Balkans, the drug cartels of Latin America.

You can read the script by following the link:

Look at the IMTF link here:

Ivar Kants has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $70,000 in order to bring a new and exciting animated film project to life!


Pledge $100 – Your name in the graffiti within the trailer.

Pledge $250 – Your name in the graffiti at the beginning of the trailer and an Ivar Kants autographed copy of the original trailer script.

Pledge $500 – Digital download of completed trailer and your name in the credits.

Pledge $1,000 – Platinum pledge Prints of all five of the artists’ original drawings and your name in the credits.

Have a look at the Kickstarter video below for more information: