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Playwrights tackle Brexit in Headlong/Guardian film project

Kristin Scott Thomas in one of the Brexit Shorts films
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Kristin Scott Thomas, Meera Syal and Steffan Rhodri are among actors starring in a new series of short films about Brexit.

A collaboration between theatre company Headlong and the Guardian, Brexit Shorts: Dramas from a Divided Nation is a series of nine films exploring differing views on the UK’s European Union referendum vote, one year on.

David Hare, James Graham, Abi Morgan and Gary Owen have all written monologues for the project, as have Maxine Peake, Charlene James, Stacey Gregg, AL Kennedy and Syal.

Other actors involved in the films include Penelope Wilton, Dean Fagan, Bronagh Gallagher, Scott Reid and Nasser Memarzia.

Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin, who has directed some of the films, said the Brexit result had taken a lot of people by surprise and “immediately exposed a disunity in our society”.

“One of the things I have always said is that theatre is a really great way of bringing people together, and so in the confusion in the aftermath of the 52/48 vote there were loads of questions that had been thrown up and loads of creative opportunity that presented itself,” he said.

Herrin added that he wanted the films to “give a good spread” of views, representing areas across the UK and differing opinions to leaving the EU.

Alongside Herrin, associate director at Headlong Amy Hodge will direct some of the films, as will Peake and Elen Bowman.

They will be available on the Guardian and Headlong’s websites from June 19.

The first to be featured stars Scott Thomas and is written by Hare.

Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said: “The result of the Brexit vote was a seismic and historic moment for Britain, and the shockwaves are still being felt a year later.

“Brexit Shorts brings to life the questions that are being raised throughout the country – on both sides of the voting divide. We’re delighted to be working with Headlong to bring this fascinating series to our audience.”

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