Short, Drama, 18 mins
Grate Lake Films & RCSSD Films
“Shakespeare’s most famous heroine breaks free of her own play.”
Frailty thy name is Hamlet. ‘Ophelia’s End’ recasts Ophelia in the lead role, and she fakes her madness to escape Elsinore castle. Her obstacles to freedom are many and varied. But Ophelia is resourceful and brave, and though she finds herself locked in an asylum, she engineers an escape with the help of the sympathetic Queen Gertrude. Her final – and deadly – obstacle she must face alone: an armed highwayman looking to return her to captivity – or worse. Ophelia must risk everything to truly to be free.
‘Ophelia’s End’ was a labour of love. It was written in equal measure in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and in frustration with the dearth of female heroes. The look and feel of the film were inspired by the stunning cinematography of BBC’s Wolf Hall.
Funded by the H. Club Foundation and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama