A graduate of The National Film and Television School. Shola’s debut feature was a multimedia Film called A Moving Image. It had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received the Special Recognition Award at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. It had its European Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and was released theatrically in the UK in April 2017 through Verve Pictures.
Shola was commissioned by the British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called Dear Mr. Shakespeare, which was selected in competition for the Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Shola's second feature film is a coming of age drama called, The Last Tree, supported by the BFI and Great Point Media.
Writer & Director
Dear Mr Shakespeare questions Shakespeare on the inherent racial tensions within his writing of Othello in the 1600s, and how these tensions continue to resonate today.