The British Council premieres Shakespeare in the Caribbean | The Caribbean in Shakespeare at the University of the West Indies “March is Movie Month” film festival on Saturday, March 10th 2018. The goal was to make a short film in celebration of Shakespeare, demonstrating the impact the well-loved bard has had across the Caribbean while showing how the modern day Caribbean interprets Shakespeare's works.
The British Council commissioned this bi-lingual, intra-Caribbean documentary film in partnership with all three campuses of the University of the West Indies along with academics and theatre practitioners in Cuba. The production team included Shakespeare consultants and filmmakers from Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago who worked together with teachers, actors, counsellors, students from Campion College, spoken word artists and more.
The making of this film is a part of the global initiatives that the British Council undertook in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. These included performances on stage and film, exhibitions, public readings, conversations, debates and educational resources for people all around the world to contribute to and join in this global event.
The film is called Shakespeare in the Caribbean | the Caribbean in Shakespeare. The film is free and the public, especially teachers and students, are invited to attend the viewing and the ensuing panel discussion featuring Damion Radcliffe, Actor, Director/Drama Teacher; Jillian Stephens, Counselling Psychologist; Bryan Heap, Lecturer/Tutor Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts; and Lisa Brown, Lecturer/Shakespeare Scholar, Department of Literatures in English.