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A Story About Wendy, a short comedy/drama chronicling a jilted bride s effort
to get her life in order, sold out twice at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, during
the 2012 T&T Film Festival (TTFF).
No doubt the film s producers and festival organisers are hoping for a similar
response when the sequel, A Story About Wendy 2, debuts at the festival next
Whereas the first film was a 40-minute short, the second---at 63 minutes---
is a feature, one of four by T&T-based filmmakers being shown at the festival.
There were five T&T features at last year s festival.
"I was shell-shocked by the response," Wendy director/writer Sean Hodgkinson
said about the success of the first film during a television interview late last
"I didn t think when we did the first film we even thought possible that there
will be a sequel," he said.
Hodgkinson had described in interviews the difficulty of getting sponsorship
for the first film. Its success made it easier to bring sponsors on board for the
sequel, he said.
The second film finds Wendy---played by Heidi Walcott---in a more positive
place, having secured her dream job. She s eventually, of course, plagued by
"I think it s funnier than Wendy 1; I think it s also a bit darker," Hodgkinson
said of the sequel in another interview last year.
"In part one she s a mess," Hodgkinson said of the film s protagonist. "But
the fact is that people go through stages. When we see her in part one she s
trying to get herself back together; and the fact is she is competent, she can
do things, and we show you that."
Besides its success at the TTFF, Wendy aired on television in August last year.
A positive response saw it air again the following month.
Hodgkinson said there may be at least one more Wendy sequel, but for now
he s working on another kind of film, a drama about the perils of drug trafficking
called Trafficked. TV journalist Marcia Henville is producer on that film. She
also stars in both Wendy films.
The other three T&T features at the festival are Pan! Our Music Odyssey,
which will open the festival on September 16, Haiti Bride by Yao Ramesar and
Art Connect, a film made in T&T by Spanish filmmaker Miquel Galofré.
Overall there will be 20 Caribbean feature films, including entries from
Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto
The festival, which runs until September 30 at various venues, will screen
150 feature-length, short and experimental films in total.
More info: ttfilmfestival.com; facebook.com/astoryaboutwendy
The Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW)
will hold an intimate dinner theatre event
on September 6. "A delicious dinner and
drinks at our own home theatre in Belmont
will be followed by a joint concert by two
of T&T s best underground artists: Nickolai
Salcedo and Marge Blackman," the TTW
said in a press release. "This will be the
first appearance of Salcedo on stage since
the multi-talented artist returned from
three months of filming in England and
Ghana for his role as Ulric Cross in the
upcoming documentary HERO. Nickolai is
best known as the lead singer and composer
of the band Gyazette, who brought the
house down last year with the release of
their first album: Bread---an event also
staged at TTW.
"Nickolai is now branching out as a solo
artist with his unique fusion of calypso,
folk, rock, and electronica."
Marge Blackman, daughter of the father
of soca and jamoo, Ras Shorty I, "sings a
mixture of jamoo and folk music. She has
toured across three continents as a member
of her family s band Love Circle. Making
waves over the last few years as a solo artist
she is currently working towards releasing
her first solo album."
Spaces are limited to 30 seats. Reserva-
tions are required.
More info: 624-8502 or e-mail: trinidathe-
Trinidad-born artist Marlon
Griffith showed his dynamic work
No Black in the Union Jack at the
Tate Modern last weekend as part
of the show Up Hill Down Hall:
An indoor Carnival.
Curated by Claire Tancons, the
show observes the 50th anniversary
of Notting Hill Carnival in London.
Tancons described it on the Tate
Modern Web site as an exploration
of "Carnival as ritual of resistance,
festival of otherness and perform-
ance art, and with the Notting Hill
Carnival specifically as a contested
site from which to reflect on
notions of public space, perform-
ance and participation."
The show "conceives of Carnival
less as a theme than a medium
and introduces practitioners across
disciplines who draw from Carnival
as a medium of artistic production
and a form of social and political
The show also included work
by artist Hew Locke and used a
backdrop of an architectural design
by Gia Wolff and a soundscape by
Dubmorphology (Gary Stewart and
Griffith, who did a performance
piece in Port-of-Spain for Carnival
in 2014, styled a band in police-
type riot gear decorated with a
It was inspired by the 2011 Lon-
don summer riots, Tancons text
T&T actor Paul Pryce is starring in yet another
Shakespeare drama in the US.
He is in the title role of Pericles, produced by
the Elm Shakespeare Co of Connecticut. The pro-
duction, directed by James Andreassi, has been
running outdoors through August atz Edgerton
Park, New Haven, and closes today.
Pryce has previously been in Othello (as Othello),
Cymbeline and Twelfth Night, all at the Yale School
of Drama, and Hamlet, opposite Oscar nominated
actor Paul Giamatti at the Yale Repertory Theater.
"Pericles itself is one of Shakespeare s lesser
known works and, until recent years, was rarely
performed by established Shakespearean compa-
nies," said a press release issued by Sure Thing
"It follows the life and adventures of Pericles,
the Prince of Tyre, over several decades as he
experiences persecution, love, marriage, fatherhood
and betrayal---events which take him on an extend-
ed odyssey to several major cities of the ancient
"The setting of the current production has been
changed to the Colonial West Indies, and with its
massive colourful set, swashbuckling fight scenes,
cast of pirates and fishermen and its distinctly
Caribbean music, there is a definite feel of Pirates
of the Caribbean in the proceedings."
Pryce is quoted in the release as saying: "The
timelessness of Shakespeare s words and his stories
is very evident in Pericles, and transposing it to
the Caribbean further highlights that point. For
me, it s like returning home."
T&T actor in
Tate modern mas. PHOTO COURTESY TATE MODERN
More of Wendy
in sequel at TTFF
Heidi Walcott in a still from A Story About Wendy 2.
PHOTO COURTESY SEAN HODGKINSON
Dinner and music at theatre workshop
Mas as modern
art at the Tate
Paul Pryce as Pericles in a production being staged
by the Elm Shakespeare Co of Connecticut.
PHOTO COURTESY SURE THING PRODUCTIONS
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