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Campaign launched against new Shakespeare film

2nd September 2011

A campaign has been launched against a new film that claims William Shakespeare was not responsible for creating the works that bear his name.

Roland Emmerich's Anonymous insinuates that the Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere was, in fact, the writer of Shakespeare's many plays and sonnets, but the film has caused outrage among fans of the Bard's work.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has launched a campaign entitled 60 Minutes with Shakespeare, which features 60 actors, writers and scholars each given a minute to express their opinion on the authorship of the works.

Contributors include Stephen Fry, Simon Callow, Michael Holroyd and Emmerich himself, who each offer contrasting views on who they think may have been responsible for the writings.

Dr Paul Edmondson, the trust's head of learning and research, said there is a 'mass' of historical fact to refute suggestions that Shakespeare did not write the works.

'Anonymous is set to stir up the debate which has spiralled since Shakespeare's authorship was first questioned in 1856. 60 Minutes with Shakespeare offers perspectives from 60 different voices‚ including Roland Emmerich's - so people can listen and make their own minds up,' he added.

Members of the public can decide for themselves when Anonymous is released in UK cinemas on October 28th.

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