Hamlet A.D.D.

A Feature Film

Hamlet A.D.D. re-imagines Shakespeare’s timeless play as a bizarre and hilarious tour through the ages.

The film was written, directed, and produced by Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo of Special Entertainment. The world premiere took place at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LA MoCA) in April 2014. For photos from the event go HERE!


“Shakespeare like you have never experienced it before. In their visually stunning, endlessly inventive cartoon world, Ciraldo and Swant cast stars of a vibrant arts community alongside internet celebrities and absurdist comedians.” — Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) “Some believe if Shakespeare lived today he would be writing for television. The campy Hamlet ADD is what that might look like. It is the hybrid episode of Dr. Who and Star Trek Shakespeare never wrote.” — Duane Dudek, film critic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Ciraldo and Swant allowed me to ‘scrub through’ a number of scenes of the film with them in their studio recently. I was beside myself with giggles, like a misbehaving schoolgirl … I saw evidence of some pretty nimble, if impish, literary and social criticism. It’s oddly true to the text, though radically transformed with its layering of references, its tone and pacing.” — Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A zany new take on Shakespeare … Utterly bizarre and hilarious. Each new time period adds another layer of interesting and well-executed visuals. The green screen work is far from cheap, and it’s no surprise the project took a decade to complete. Shakespeare reimaged for the age of viral videos and memes.” — Joey Grihalva, Urban Milwaukee “A retelling of the Shakespearian masterpiece, adapted for the YouTube generation. The bizarre film will make you laugh… and probably forever alter your perception of the Bard’s classic.” — Radio Milwaukee

A clip from the film appears as a special feature on the Mystery Science Theater 3000: XV box set and critics had this to say:

Bobby Ciraldo as Prince Hamlet

“A very odd clip…” — Ain’t It Cool News

“Bizarre…” — FilmCritic

“Quite peculiar…” — PopMatters

“A strange preview…” — Fangoria

“Perhaps the weirdest feature … I’m not quite sure what type of movie this will be.” — MetroMix

“A cool-looking reimagining of the classic.” — DVD Verdict

For an in-depth article about the making of Hamlet A.D.D. go HERE. Scenes from the film have been shown at White Columns gallery (New York), the Green Gallery, the Frederick Layton Gallery (MIAD), and INOVA gallery (UW-Milwaukee). The film was made possible in part through support from the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Artists.

Visit the Official Hamlet A.D.D. website!