Neck and Neck

Talent Showcase 2016
  • Scheme: Still Shakespeare
  • tags: Animation
  • People: Shaun Clark
  • Duration: 5'

Neck and Neck Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2016
  • Year of release: 2016


  • Artist: Shaun Clark

Inspiration: Othelleo 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. Funded by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network and King’s College London in association with Film Club Productions

For Film London:
Head of Artists’ Moving Image: Maggie Ellis
Senior FLAMIN Manager: Rose Cupit
FLAMIN Project Officer: Marta Michalowska

For King’s College London:
Professor of English and Director of London Shakespeare Centre: Gordon McMullan
Head of Programming, Cultural Institute: Leanne Hammacott
Research Student, Department of English Language & Literature: Sally Barnden

Still Shakespeare is inspired by original research by Sally Barnden

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

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