“Neck and Neck ”
***AWARDED BEST SHORT FILM 2016*** Steve Kopian Film Critic
Best Animated Short Film, Anatomy: Crime and Horror International Film Festival, Athens, Greece
Most Original Film Award, Horror Hullabaloo Film Festival, UK
In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello’s mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.
The film is inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello and is a dark surreal take on the relationship between the deceived Othello, the innocent Desdemona and the mendacious Iago. The film focuses on the neck of the characters, a common theme throughout the play which acts as a symbol of love, fragility and death.
Neck and Neck is a digitally drawn animation with juxtaposed shots of live action to represent the character Iago. The drawn characters are animated onto the darkness inside the marital bed where time is joyfully forgotten until the outside world interrupts the lovers.
Director & Animator: Shaun Clark
Producer: Sue Loughlin
Assistant Director: Kim Noce
Composer : Alex Harwood
Sound Designer: David Pringle
Editor: Michael Ho
Soprano: Lucy Hall
Desdemona : Kim Noce
Othello: Melvyn Ternan
Funded by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network and King’s College London in association with Film Club Productions