Shoot the Messenger (2005)

Shoot the Messenger
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Julian Nott Original Music Music 120838 8000001
Liz Webber Editor n/a 172 7000001
David Kaznelson Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sharon Foster Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
James Merifield Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Jane Deitch Casting n/a 179 10000001
Richard Dyer Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Jane Petrie Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Julia Crampsie Casting n/a 179 10000002
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
David M Thomson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Jay Byrd Actor n/a 1 1000004
Nikki Amuka Bird Actor n/a 1 1000003
Charles Mnene Actor n/a 1 1000002
Brian Bovell Actor n/a 1 1000005
Sharon Duncan-Brewster Actor n/a 1 1000006
Hilary Salmon Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Anne Pivcevic Producer n/a 3 3000001
Ngozi Onwurah Director n/a 2 2000001
David Oyelowo Actor Joe Pascale 1 1000001
Synopsis
Disturbed by the problems within his own community, naive black Londoner Joe Pascale decides to become personally involved by sacrificing his high-paying tech job to become a teacher at an urban high school. In order to improve the prospects of his students, he utilizes a philosophy of "enforced education," determined to make these teens learn whether they want to or not. But when Germal, one of his most difficult pupils, accuses Joe of assault, the black community backs the teen, branding Joe as a traitor and further humiliating him by demanding his dismissal. Fixated on the idea that all black people are out to get him, Joe rapidly descends into madness and finds himself destitute. Eventually, the God-fearing Mabel brings him into her home, but even her kindness and generosity do nothing to quell Joe's fear of black people. In an attempt to repair his life, Joe visits a job center where he develops a friendship with his counselor, the new-age devotee Heather. As the two fall in love, Joe has difficulty accepting certain things about Heather: her woven hair, her insecurities, and especially her black friends. Ultimately he is forced to confront his issues with Germal, Heather, and his entire community.