CTFF 2017 Media Launch

Screening Block includes:
SHORTS PROGRAM:
FEATURE PRESENTATION: A Caribbean Dream

DATE/TIME: 07/06/2017, 7:00pm
ADDRESS: Royal Theatre, 608 College St, Toronto
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Shakirah Bourne, Melissa Simmonds | 80 min | Fantasy | 2017 | English | PG


CAST

Patrick Michael Foster / Puck the Butler.
Adrian Green / Oberon and Head of gardening.
Susannah Harker/ Titania and Head of Housekeeping
Jherad Alleyne/ Lysander
Marina Bye/Hermia
Sam Gillett/Demetrius
Keshia Pope/ Helena
Lorna Gayle/Bottom the fisherwoman


CREW

Robin Whenary /DOP
Kirk Dawson /Gaffer
Roger Moore/ Key Grip
Art director/Leandro Soto
Makeup/Theresa Drvaric and Mandy Cummins
Score / Andre Woodvine
Casting director / Melissa Simmonds


ABOUT THE FILM

This beautiful re-imagining of Shakespeare’s magical fairy tale is set modern day, under a full moon and during a Caribbean Festival in Barbados. Mystery and magic, comedy and chaos ensue when Puck the Butler and mischievous fairies tamper with wedding plans of returning Nationals Theseus and Hippolyta, four young lovers and group of fishermen keen to perform their potentially prize winning play.

All set within a stunning tropical paradise and with themes of mixed race relationships running through out.

DIRECTOR


Melissa Simmonds trained at RADA.
Worked as an actress before casting and producing.
Helped raise funds for Evergreen Theatrical Productions in the UK before she founded the Gale Theatre Company of Barbados and London in 2007. Gale Theatre unites Barbadian and British actors.

Melissa is a company director of the recently formed Caribbean Film Productions Ltd London. She cast and Executive Produced on the award winning British Feature, Bigga Than Ben in 2008 and Executive Produced on Division 19, which recently won Critics choice at the Fantasporta Festival 2017. Last year she Associated Produced on the highly acclaimed British short film, Jacked, which won Best short at the British Independent Film Awards 2016 as well as many other European festivals.

She most recently won Best Produced Screenplay for her A Caribbean Dream in the LA Indie Awards .

She is originally from East London and divides time between home in Barbados and in London.