Directed by:- Alfonso Johnson

Produced by:-  Alfonso Johnson

Starring :- Maria Paz Algre, Benton Greene, Maame Yaa, Maame Yaa Boafo, Alfonso Johnson

Runtime:- 6 minutes 21 seconds

Looking at the title one would automatically assume that the movie revolves around the tasty fruit but it is much deeper than that. The movie follows two struggling couples trying their best to make their relationship work. Inspired by William Shakespeare ‘s song “O Mistress Mine” and performed by Caleb Eberhardt of the hip hop/jazz duo Quincy Vidal, Olive hopes to use its unique method of story telling to explore the themes of betrayal, infidelity, heartbreak and chance encounters.

Maame Yaa Boafo gives us a great performance as Gina.

Maame Yaa Boafo gives us a great performance as Gina.


  • The most striking element of the movie is its visual style. The movie solely relies on using Black and White as its primary colours. The film also boasts great cinematography from Eric Branco as we get great shots of the city of Philadelphia  and various rooms that serve as a backdrop for the troubled relationships.
  • The film’s minimalist approach works extremely well. The movie utilizes a soothing and emotionally powerful rendition of Shakespeare’s song ‘O Mistress Mine’ performed by Caleb Eberhardt. The song helps drive the story and effectively highlights the themes the movie focuses on. Another thing I appreciate is the raw emotions that the actors effectively convey on the screen as the movie has limited dialogue and rather focus on the characters expressions and their actions to tell the tale.


  • I am not sure if this was an intentional effect or not there were two moments when the movie stutters its not distracting but its noticeable and a bit odd.

Olive is a fascinating short film backed by a stellar performance from its cast; impressive visual style and great music. This is something you should definitely give a watch at the festival this weekend.


Olive is scheduled to be shown at the Lights Camera Africa Festival  10:00 am  on Saturday 1 October  at  the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island. If you are interested in attending  be sure to check their website and register for the festival at no cost. Please be sure to also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


Category: Hollywood, Reviews
Olisa Nwokedi
About The Author
- Olisa is an Aberystwyth University law graduate and Fordham University School of Law Masters graduate who was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 2016. He enjoys playing and watching rugby, writing, watching movies, playing video-games and Shark wrestling.......... that last part was fiction.

1 Comment

  • Alfonso Johnson


    Thank you for your write up. The film takes place in New York City. I’m a New York City Filmmaker and my films reflect that. Thank you for noticing the style and emotion I set out to convey. The “stuttering” was a device intended to make the viewer pay attention to exactly that moment. Intentional. My only issue with you and the festival is that I wasn’t aware that you guys screened my Film. I should have been aware. You did not and do not have the rights to screen this film. Please excercise better judgement.

    Alfonso Johnson