UNFUFILLED:Europe 1533 the movie pitch for John Blanke comes from the Archive to Blockbuster (A2B) event in which four academics pitched ideas for films, based on their original research, to film industry experts and a public audience. A2B films showcased stories about BAME histories, bringing opportunities to address the concerns of #oscarssowhite,
UNFUFILLED:Europe 1533 The movie is set 20 years after John Blanke’s Tournament appearance…
It’s Europe 1533 - King Henry VIII is desperate for a male heir. He is under pressure from his young, lively vivacious mistress Anne Boleyn to marry her, while his Queen and wife the dull, pious Katherine looks ragged, repeated pregnancies have aged her.
Henry wants the Pope to annul that marriage claiming it is against God’s law for him to marry his brother’s wife leaving him free to marry his mistress Anne. The Pope - Clement VII – is under great pressure from Katherine’s uncle - The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V - is inclined NOT to allow that annulment.
One person - Catalina of Motril: a black woman - Katherine’s lady of the bedchamber holds a secret that can break this marital deadlock between State and Church. Catalina is on the run, hunted across Europe by agents from both sides in the argument – from the King and from the Emperor. She seeks the help of another black person at Henry’s court the trumpeter John Blanke.
UNFUFILLED:Europe 1533 is their love story and its consequences for European History.
Miranda Kaufmann forJohn Blanke
Lauren Johnson & Untold Theatre for Catalina of Motril
Professor Johann P. Sommerville
by D.D. Armstrong
a scene from the movie
featuring John Blanke the Black Tudor Trumpeter
The scene from the movie is where Catalina , on the run from the agents of the King and the Emperor, reaches John Blanke and seeks his help.The scene is set in John Blanke’s private house, although it is not stated which country it is reasonable to believe it to be in Britain, but is also plausible to be located in elsewhere in Europe…
John Blanke – Black, early fifties, former trumpeter for King Henry VIII
Catalina of Motril – Mid forties, former black chamber maid to Catherine Of Aragon Henry’s Queen
John Blanke - Leon Stewart
Catalina of Motril - Nadia Nadif
A John Blanke Project Production