Overcoming adversity, grief and illness to become an award-winning Film & TV production Company, Shot of Tea today announced that it is to release two new TV shows and four feature films. Their stories are all about dynamic female leads.
Shot of Tea was founded in March 2017 by two young, British, black women, Aletha Shepherd and Angel Shepherd – close cousins and best friends. Since then, their personal lives have been brutally tough, even tragic. A few months before they started, Angel’s brother and Aletha’s cousin, died in a tragic accident while holidaying in Ibiza. Barely a year later and just as both thought that they were back-on-track, Angel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare and horrible form of blood cancer. And yet, these inspirational women show no signs of slowing down, remaining positive and passionate about their upcoming films and tv shows.
Aletha Shepherd is an actress and former Miss World contestant and brings a wealth of experience to Shot of Tea. Aletha has starred in many roles over the years, her most recent being Mrs Collins in the James Franco feature film drama Dark Hours: Roxana. Aletha won’t pretend the last year hasn’t been brutal but she is determined to soldier on, for her own and Angel’s sake.
Angel earned a film degree from Greenwich University, having previously studied at the prestigious BRITS School. She has a strong background in filmmaking and is inspired by her love for the creative arts, which is evident in the productions Shot of Tea has released to date. Angel went through tough chemo and radiotherapy treatment and is now thankfully is in remission – the doctors have given her the all-clear and she is making a gradual return to normal life, and work.
Aletha and Angel determined to make good things come out of tough times. They want to champion equality and diversity, telling impactful stories with strong female lead roles. The two female-driven short films that they have produced so far, Safe Bet and Craning, have received glowing reviews from film festivals in both the UK and US, where Safe Bet won the Best Short Short at the Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Craning was nominated at the LA International Shorts Festival.
They are determined to be positive role models in their local community – both are committed to producing visually compelling films that promote gender equality and diversity in the movie industry.
Aletha said, “It’s been the toughest year I’ve known but we’re fighters and determined to do great things with our new productions”. Angel added, “As black women, we’ve always faced obstacles, but we will blast through this and do great things. I hope we can be an inspiration to others”.
Projects currently under development by Shot of Tea include feature films Bloomage and Sparks, TV series The Wick and Abbee, and Short Film Transference, a compelling story about a young woman who has her father’s consciousness transferred to a smart speaker after his death.
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