A HIT on the 2015 film festival circuit, which reimagines William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet through an LGBTI, gender queer and multiracial lens, is now available for everyone to watch.

Still a Rose retells one of the Bard’s most famous plays, like never before.

The short film retells the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet and stars Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario as Juliet and Will Branske also plays the film’s other Juliet.

Tinuke Oyefule and Brandon Crowder play the two Romeos in Still a Rose which weaves through couplings of mixed-race and same-gender within the arc of the famous balcony scene.

Photo: Facebook

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“To me, making it a woman and a woman or making it a man and a man within a very wealthy family that brought back that there are a lot of places where that would be hidden,” Bellisario told pride.com.

“The danger became immediately real again. Suddenly you look at these two lovers and you say, ‘I know this story. I love this story.’ And it suddenly doesn’t seem fair that just because they’re now a same-sex couple…”

Directing duo Hazart bring us Still a Rose and are responsible for other queer-themed films such as, Immediately Afterlife. That was not a queer-themed short per se, but there’s probably room for that sort of interpretation.

Named one of the 7 Thing That Are Everything this week by The Advocate, Still a Rose is available to watch iTunes and Vimeo.

As the movie tagline says: “Because Love, by any other name, is still Love”.

 

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