Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry

Sir Lenny Henry stars in Scoop Films’ first short film project, “Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote,” which has started production in London.

In the film, Sir Lenny, acclaimed for his Shakespearean roles in the theatre, plays Carl, a respected therapist confronted by a child who speaks only in Shakespearean verse. The short film is written by Moya O’Shea, directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and is supported by funds from Creative England and BFI NET.WORK.

Celine Haddad, Senior Development and Production Executive from Creative England, is Executive Producer of the film.

Official synopsis: Exasperated by her daughter Ivie’s refusal to converse in anything other than Shakespearean verse, Esosa resorts to psychoanalysis for a cure. The psychiatrist and her therapist struggle for a solution until a full-on Shakespearean quote-off on a theatre stage uncovers the reason for Ivie’s affliction.

Scoop Films’ Head of Development, Fiona Gillies said, “I’m delighted to be able to work with Sir Lenny. He brings such gravitas to a role drawing on Shakespearean verse and of course is a passionate supporter of diversity in film-making, which ‘Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote’ reflects in its British/Nigerian characters and director and largely female crew. Scoop Films is a keen champion of rising talent and Christiana is a director I’ve been looking forward to working with for a long time.”

Sir Lenny Henry said, “The story is sweet, moving and funny and deserves to be told. I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.”

Scoop Films is an independent film production company, based in London, UK. Their previous features, “City Slacker” and “The Beat Beneath My Feet” were both nominated for British Independent Film Awards. The Beat Beneath My Feet” was in competition for a Crystal Bear at the 65th Berlinale and received a North American release in October 2016. Their most recent feature, “After Louise,” starring Greg Wise and Alice Sykes, is completing production for a 2017 release.