Hots for Shakespeare
Written & Directed by: Isabelle Schuler and Martha Reed
STARRING: Isabelle Schuler
Hots for Shakespeare is a short musical comedy about Jane, a young woman so obsessed with Shakespeare that she gathers some acquaintances for a supposed poetry meeting, and then regales them with a song about how much she loves the Bard.
This piece has been very competently directed by Martha Reed, with cinematic lighting and some imaginatively shot vignettes depicting Jane’s string of unsuccessful lovers; and the song Jane sings is catchy and well-produced.
The film overall does feel slightly like a vehicle for the comedic song and the lead performance by Writer / Producer / Actor Isabelle Schuler – and it did feel like something of a missed opportunity not to have any spoken reactions from the long-suffering members of the poetry group during the song – their facial reactions were very well performed and adding a touch of dialogue might have made it feel less like a comedy skit / musical and more like a film – but overall this was an enjoyable and well-produced piece - and with a runtime of just four minutes this will no doubt find a place in a number of comedy programmes on the film festival circuit.
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