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ACMI presents

The Great: In Conversation with Tony McNamara and Sharon Long


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Sat 26 Mar 2022

We go behind the scenes of the opulent period romp The Great in this live-streamed chat with the series creator and showrunner, and its costume designer.

To celebrate the stunning costumes from The Great going on display in our centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, join ACMI Curator Jini Maxwell for a chat with the show’s creator and showrunner Tony McNamara, and its costume designer Sharon Long.

In this special online discussion, we learn how fact and fiction combine to produce The Great. We explore the relationship between character development and costume design, and take a look at contemporary issues through the lens of the 18th Century Russian Court.


This conversation will be live streamed on the ACMI YouTube channel and ACMI Facebook Live.


Meet our guests

Tony McNamara

In 2018 Tony wrote and produced the pilot for the comedy-drama TV series The Great (starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult) which is based on his stage play of the same name. The first season comprised of 10 episodes, each one hour long, and was screened in 2020. Tony was nominated for an Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Writing on a Comedy Series and The Great was nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes. The second season premiered in November 2021 and a third series is in the works.

Read Tony McNamara's full bio
Tony McNamara

About Sharon Long

Sharon Long is a London-based costume designer with credits on several acclaimed films, including Gangs Of New York, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Most recently, she did the costume design for Season 2 of The Great.

Read Sharon Long's full bio
Costume Designer Sharon Long

Explore works from The Great in our centrepiece exhibition

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The Story of the Moving Image

FREE Exhibition | Open daily

Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences and captivating stories.

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A woman looking at a costume from The Last Emperor in the Moving Pictures section of The Story of the Moving Image

The Great: from stage to screen

Writer/director Tony McNamara charts the evolution of The Great from stage to streaming, crafting great characters and the freedom of historical inaccuracy.

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Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning in The Great season one, episode one: The Great

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