Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 14th 2014 Contents The 2015 Hollick Arvon
Caribbean Writers Prize will be
awarded to an emerging writer
of poetry. The prize, adminis-
tered by the Bocas Lit Fest and
worth a total of US$15,000, will
give the winning Caribbean-
based writer time to advance a
The deadline for submissions
is 6 pm on September 30, 2014.
The award includes a year s
mentoring by an established poet
and travel to the United Kingdom
to attend a one-week intensive
creative writing course of their
choice at Arvon.
The winning writer will also
have three days in London to net-
work with literary professionals,
hosted by the UK s leading cre-
ative writing organisation, Arvon,
in association with Free Word
Centre and agents Rogers,
Coleridge & White, and receive
a cash award of £3,000 or
In 2013, the Hollick Arvon
Caribbean Writers prize was for
fiction and was won by T&T s
Barbara Jenkins. In 2014,
Jamaican Diana McCaulay took
home the prize for non-fiction.
The winner of the 2015 prize
will be announced on May 2,
2015, at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest,
To qualify, writers must simply
be of Caribbean birth or citizen-
ship, be aged over 18, be living
in the region, and not yet have
published a poetry collection.
A good Sunday for art films includes,
in the Also Rans, two offbeat Westerns,
one Dennis Hopper (Kid Blue, 2.05 pm
Enc3) and one Jack Nicholson (Goin
South, 8 pm Enc3) and the first part of
the best modern American dialogue
delight triptych (Before Sunrise, 10.40
am Max). Adults have an Eddie Murphy
tandem vehicle that very nearly stole both slots today (48 HRS, 1 pm, Another
48 HRS, 2.50 pm TCM) but kiddies who have recently gone back to school
will have to be content with one of their own franchises reaching tertiary
education (Monsters University, 6.05 pm HBO). The week also shows Eddie
Murphy well (Trading Places, 10 pm Tuesday TCM) but, visually, nothing
holds a candle to the best-looking comic book hero flick shot so far (Marvel s
The Avengers, 9 pm Friday HBOF). Saturday s pick is totally tongue-in-
cheek, since it s not the original Lina Wertmuller classic but the Guy Ritchie
travesty with then-wifey Madonna in the most ironic role since Michael
Jackson floated a statue of himself down the Thames to promote his greatest
hits CD; except she s not as good as MJ s statue.
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Shame (Steve McQueen/2011/UK/Drama/101
mins/NC-17 for some explicit sexual content) 7.15 pm HBOC. Watch this if
you liked Boogie Nights, Nine Songs or Wonderland. Even with the overload
of sex and nudity, this is not a film for the average Trini Bruce Willis/Denzel
Washington movie fan (unless they reckon Bruce s best film was Moonrise
Kingdom and Denzel s was Antwone Fisher) but, for grownups who can dis-
tinguish between necessary and gratuitous sexual content, this is a strong
modern urban (meaning "set in a city," not "starring young black men")
drama that intelligently examines why people make bad choices. Not for the
fundamentalist crowd but very rewarding for people who strive for rational
solutions to complex moral matters rather than regurgitate simple quotes
from supposedly holy books.
REST OF THE WEEK: Hard Candy (David Slade/2005/USA/Drama-
Thriller/103 mins/R for disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content
involving a teen and for language) 6 pm Tuesday Max West BEST FILM OF
THE WEEK. Watch this if you liked Little Children, The Paperboy or The
Lives of Others. One of the (relatively) minor awards Hard Candy won was
the Phoenix Film Critics Society Overlooked Film of the Year. It sums up
the film s unfortunate history---but what else can you expect with a film
centred on paedophilia and under-age sex? There are a couple of bumps in
story, direction and pacing but, otherwise the film is first rate---and in any
case, it is one you watch for the performances, particularly from the young
actress, which are so overwhelming that the film really needs nothing more;
that it packs in quite a handful of twists is icing on the cake. Long after you
forget the plot details, though, Ellen Page s lead role will haunt you. Almost
as rewarding as it is disturbing.
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass/2013/USA/Bigoraphy-Drama-Thriller-
Adventure/134 mins/PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and
action throughout) 9 pm Wednesday HBO. Watch this if you liked Zero Dark
Thirty, Argo or All Is Lost. Paul Greengrass is a filmmaker with a huge gift
for both straight-ahead, set-piece-riddled action (as in his two Bournes,
Ultimatum and Supremacy) AND nail-bitingly-tense, based-on-real-life
political thrillers (as in United 93 and Bloody Sunday). Combine both types
of film and you have his multiple major award nominee, Captain Phillips,
the true story of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
Add Tom Hanks, one of the best living American actors, in the lead role and
former limo driver and reigning Best Supporting Actor Bafta-winner Barkhad
Abdi as the Somali pirate and you have what on paper, ought to be Paul
Greengrass best film. Top notch, even if United 93 and Bloody Sunday in
fact remain untoppled.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Creepshow, 5 pm TCM; Tues: Pacific Rim, 5.15
pm HBOC; Wed: V for Vendetta, 5.45 pm HBOC; Thurs: Seven Psychopaths,
6 pm HBOC; Fri: Brewster s Millions, 7.40 pm TCM; Sat: Swept Away (2002
version), 6.45 am HBOC.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A great Shame
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt September 14, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's intelligent drama Shame.
As part of the 2014 T&T Film Festival (TTFF),
which opens this week, there will once again be an
ongoing exhibition of experimental and non-nar-
rative films in the New Media showcase. The exhi-
bition opens at 7 pm on September 19, at Medulla
Art Gallery, Woodbrook, and runs until September
"New Media is a collection of works by artists
from the Caribbean and its diaspora that explore a
range of themes and issues, while pushing and blurring
the boundary between film and art," the TTFF said
in its press kit.
It opens with Good Stock on the Dimensional
Floor: An Opera, described as "a re-imagining of the
traditional opera.Created by the HowDoYouSayYam-
inAfrican artists collective, Good Stock... contains
a spoken, chanted, sung and screamed libretto explor-
ing the consequences of centuries of global racial
strife thrust upon those of African descent."
Dawn Lundy Martin, a member of the HowDoY-
ouSayYaminAfrican collective, will be at the opening
for a Q&A.
The programme, in its third year is presented in
collaboration with ARC Magazine.
A New Media prize of $5,000 will be awarded
to the best work in the programme, as decided
by a jury.
The regular programme will run daily at Medulla,
September 20--30, from noon--6 pm. All New Media
events at Medulla, Alice Yard and UWI are free of
charge and open to the public.
A still from Good Stock on the Dimensional Floor: An Opera, the opening film in the ttff/14 New Media
Winner of the 2014 Hollick Arvon
Prize Diana McCaulay.
New Media for
Film Fest again
For more info and complete
submissions guidelines: e-mail
Additionally, special New Media events will take
place on other dates:
September 20, at 5.30 pm, at Little Carib,
Woodbrook: A screening of package of short
films, Black Radical Imagination, out of the USA.
Erin Christovale and Amir George, the curators
of this collection of short films that deal with
Afro-futurism, will be present for a Q & A.
September 23, 7 pm, Alice Yard, Woodbrook:
Interactive Yard, a showcase of interactive and
experiential works by the Martiniquan artist
September 25, 6.30 pm, UWI, St Augustine:
New Media presentation including: Otherness, a
multiple-screen video installation by Jamaica's
Last chance to submit for Hollick Arvon
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