Centering around the character from Shakespeare's play, "Ophelia" explores the relationships between its title character and the men in her life, and what exactly led to her tragic end. This project strives to depict her as strong, kind, and intelligent, rather than the naive female stereotype she has been associated with for centuries.

  • Arin Hincer
  • Arin Hincer
  • Hunter Lidbetter
  • Vanessa Lopez-Vanegas
  • Bella Spence
    Key Cast
  • Vanessa Lopez-Vanegas
  • Hunter Lidbetter
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Psychological, Romance, Adaptation, Tragedy, Black and White
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Toronto Metropolitan University
Director Biography - Arin Hincer

Arin Hincer is a 19 year old director and screenwriter at Toronto Metropolitan University. From as long she can remember, Arin has been drawn to storytelling-- from spending hours as a child creating various intertwining storylines with her Barbies, to participating in community theatre. Arin's previous directing credits include "I Miss You, But He Does Too" (2022), and "Diner Date" (2023).

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Director Statement

As a long time fan of the Bard's work, I was instantly intrigued when my co-writer suggested we make a film about Ophelia's mental struggle. Although I love Shakespeare, I always found it irritating that Ophelia was barely fleshed out, and solely there to act as a prop for the men's plotlines. I was initially anxious about not being capable of doing her story justice, as if I'd be letting an old friend down who had already been let down numerous times. Wanting this to be Ophelia's story and nobody else's, I decided early on that her face would be the only one shown, and the eerie, ghostlike atmosphere came to my mind shortly after that. My favorite stories tend to be historically set with a strong female lead, so I was delighted to tackle this project, and to showcase my take on the "tormented woman" archetype, while turning it into something empowering.