Dear Mr. Shakespeare

Directed By Shola Amoo.     

In this clever short, director Shola Amoo captures a letter to William Shakespeare on the topic of Othello, penned by Ashley Thomas. Ashley, who is also the narrator in the piece, questions Shakespeare’s intention for writing such a race driven piece,  during a period when the race problem was much different than it is today.

Production Credits and Details

A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello

An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

The Guardian Website

Broadcast on BBC IPLAYER

Weeks run at The IFC Centre (NY)

Sundance Film Festival 2017
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017
Dallas International Film Festival 2017
LA Film Festival 2017
Provincetown Film Festival 2017
Zanzibar International Film Festival 2017
Blackstar Film Festival 2017
Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 (WINNER JURY PRIZE)
The BFI London Film Festival 2017
Heartland Film Festival 2017

Director: Shola Amoo
Producer: Rienkje Attoh
Writer/Artist: Phoebe Boswell
Othello: Ashley Thomas
Desdemona: Elisa Lasowski
Spirit: Lanre Malaolu
Nigerian Queen: Tega Okiti
DP: Stil Williams
Editor: Mdhamiri A Nkemi
Composer: Segun Akinola
Art Department: Tamar Clarke Brown
Sound Design: Nikola Medic
Location Sound: Phil Hutchins
Grade: Johny Tulley
Costume: Jeffrey Michael
Steadicam: Andrew Bainbridge
Make Up: Sheeba Raye
1st AD: Kole Onil