Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 4th 2014 Contents A32
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Wendy (Heidi Walcott) chats with Sylvia (Ayanna Cezanne) in a scene from A Story About Wendy 2.
PHOTO COURTESY QUIRKY FILMS
Last year local filmmaker Sean
Hodgkinson reached a milestone
when his first film, A Story About
Wendy, got accepted into the presti-
gious Zanzibar International Film
Festival. This year he was equally
gratified when the sequel, A Story
About Wendy 2, was welcomed at the
same festival in July.
Hodgkinson said last year in Zanz-
ibar the film was screened in a small
hotel room, but was so popular, an
additional screening had to be sched-
uled. This year, 800 people viewed the
premiere of the sequel, which was
shown along with part one at the his-
torical Old Fort in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
He described the experience as surreal
"Watching a film you made with
friends under a starlit sky, halfway
across the world. What more can you
The Quirky Films CEO said he also
received rave reviews from the audience
there, which included locals, tourists
"Some of them expressed their con-
tentment with the film. They also
pointed out that it captured the issue
of feminism in the workplace and I
think what was particularly most flat-
tering was when one audience member
said A Story About Wendy was like
the Caribbean's version of David
Lynch's Twin Peaks," said a gleeful
He also spoke about T&T's film
industry on several television pro-
grammes while he was in Zanibar.
A Story About Wendy 2 made its
Caribbean premiere at the T&T Film
Festival in September, where it won
the People's Choice Award.
"I was really shocked. Winning that
was insane because I had no expec-
tation on that level. I mean I knew the
film was getting some current, but I
did not expect this."
He said the achievement was just a
reflection of the hard work that went
into making both films.
Hodgkinson said he found audiences
in T&T have become more supportive
of local films but some more appre-
ciation and encouragement would go
a long way.
"People don't understand how long
it takes to make and complete a film
and the effort that goes into it. Instead
they just criticise. Do you know how
cool it is to walk into Digicel Imax and
see your film's poster next to Dracula
Hodgkinson, who is currently shoot-
ing his third film, Traffic, which high-
lights the drug trade between T&T
and the Americas, also believes the
fact that A Story About Wendy 2 was
backed by more sponsors this time
around, shows corporate T&T is willing
to support and invest in local produc-
Asked what movie lovers could look
forward to in a Story About Wendy 2,
Hodgkinson said: "I will not give too
much away. All I can say is those who
saw A Story About Wendy part one
can look forward to a more interesting
story line and a stronger cast."
Where to see it, who's in it
A Story About Wendy 2 will premiere at Digicel Imax tomorrow at 5.30 pm,
along with another local production, Pan! Our Music Odyssey, a feature-
length docudrama about the contemporary steelband movement and its
origins written by pan historian Dr Kim Johnson.
A Story about Wendy 2 stars Heidi Walcott as Wendy and Catherine
Emmanuel as the the evil protagonist Simone Davies.
Also starring are Ayanna Cezanne, Karisse Montano, Marcia Henville, Garth
Voisin, Caroline Taylor, Brent Bengochea, Halcian Pierre, Laura Dowrich-
Phillips and Gina Paris.
Expect fun as A Story
About Wendy 2 opens
While Hodgkinson is extremely
happy about the largely positive re-
ception to the film, the Diego Martin
resident also acknowledges some un-
favourable criticism. One critic he took
to task was T&T Guardian columnist
Raymond Ramcharitar, whose review
of A Story About Wendy 2 on Octo-
ber 29 was scathing.
Ramcharitar described the film as
"naive" and took issue with what he
saw as stereotyping in the movie.
"The matter-of-fact transmission of
the filmmaker's worldview, his con-
ception of the society, seems to be
completely unconscious, and quite
disturbing," Ramcharitar wrote. "That
world is arranged with the 'white'
people on top, black on the bottom,
little else discernible in between."
But Hodgkinson defended his
movie by saying he was writing about
a reality that he understood.
"I am bringing to the screen what I
know. I cannot write about what I
have no clue about," he said. "Further-
more, this is a fun movie. And why
must we act like stereotypes don't
exist? Why can't we make fun of it
and just laugh at ourselves?
"We live in society that outrightly
practices classism and all of us can at-
test to these stereotypes existing
"A Story About Wendy is really
based on my real-life experience at a
place where I worked. So it's not even
about picking somebody and just say-
ing, 'This role is for you.' It is about
casting the people who could best
bring to life the characters that I re-
Hodgkinson said it all boiled down
to taste. "Some people like Sex and
The City, others like Transformers. If
you are looking for 63 minutes to
pass the time and enjoy some good
Trini humour, then A Story About
Wendy 2 is for you. If you like it, you
like it and if you don't, then you dont's.
I write what I know
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