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Friday, May 24, 2013 • Issue 89
A Story About Wendy part one has been ac-
cepted to be screened at the Zanzibar Film Fes-
tival. The good news comes as filming on the
second instalment of the movie wrapped about
a week ago.
Starring Heidi Walcott and Catherine Em-
manuel in the lead roles, A Story About Wendy
tells the story of Wendy, a young girl trying to
get over a break up. Part two sees Wendy picking
up the pieces as she gains employment at Quirky
TV. Sponsors for A Story About Wendy part two
are: Trini Fried Chicken, Trinidad and Tobago Film
Company, NGC, NLCB, the Ministry of Arts and
Multiculturalism, Audi, the Chaguaramas Devel-
opment Authority and Franco Trading.
Photos: Stephen Broadbridge
l-r: Ancil McKain, Indiepelago Films, Sameera Baig of
Lara Dutta's Big Daddy Entertainment, Clinton
Cerejo, Machel Montano and Varun Shah, Producer
Love & Faith in Mumbai after "Scandalous!" music
Machel Montano's long awaited
movie, Scandalous!, will finally begin
filming in November.
The movie, which was written since 2007 and won
the Best Screenplay Award at the Bahamas Film
Festival in 2008, has been on hold pending the
search for a director and a lead actress.
That director has been found in the person of Todd
Kessler, an award winning filmmaker who co-created
the children's television series Blues Clues and is the
maker of the teen thriller Keith. The lead actress is
Bollywood star Priya Anand.
"We had to find the right team to make it happen,"
scriptwriter and producer Clair Ince told us while in
Trinidad earlier this week.
Ince and partner Ancil McKain are owners of Indie-
pelago Films, producers of the movie. Scandalous is
their first feature film. Ince, from Barbados, first had
the concept for the movie in 2007. A musical loosely
based on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About
Nothing, Scandalous! tells the story of a woman,
Anita, who is engaged to a wealthy London suitor for
the sake of her father's business. She meets Lee
Montano), a rugged
local musician whose magnetic charisma derails
her best-laid plans. The movie is set against the
backdrop of our Carnival.
"I am a Caribbean person. Our way of living and
our passion for life is something I wanted to convey
and music is a way to obviously communicate with
people. Machel is an icon of Caribbean music. He was
at the forefront since we wrote the script," said Ince,
who said having Montano on board would help to
get the movie seen.
Apart from starring, Montano will also produce the
movie's soundtrack. There will be songs from his
vast catalogue, Ince said, as well as original tracks.
Montano just this week returned from India where,
accompanied by McKain, he met with composers
and producers Clinton Cerejo and Amit Trivedi. The
duo has worked on movies such as English Vinglish
and Wake Up Sid.
"We met with them in Mumbai. They are amazing
Indian musicians. There was such great synergy, it
was exciting," said McKain, a Trinidadian who de-
scribed Montano as an amazing ambassador for
Trinidad and Tobago.
Preparations for the shoot are currently on
the way with line producer Steven Brown
(Big Momma's House, The Apostle, Not Easily Bro-
ken) scouting appropriate locations in Trinidad and
Tobago for filming.
Ince and Mckain said they are currently working
with UK and Indian casting directors to fill the other
roles for the movie. Actors and actresses will be
drawn from India, the UK, the US and the Caribbean.
Asked about his involvement in the movie, Mon-
tano told Metro that he read the script and loved the
"The great team of individuals have also inspired
me and I am happy to work with them."
He said he has been taking acting classes and will
work with the director more before filming.
Asked how the November filming will impact on
his 2014 Carnival schedule, Montano said: "Filming is
part of my 2014 schedule so it has already impacted
my life. The rest will work itself out as usual."
Scandalous! is slated for release at the end of
2014. For more information visit
About Indiepelago Films
Scandalous might be their first fea-
ture film but Claire Ince and Ancil McK-
ain are no neophytes when it comes to
film. The duo worked in Barbados on a
reality television series called Run 'bout
in collaboration with Cable and Wire-
less. They also produced a children's TV
pilot with the National Cultural Founda-
tion and the UNDP, which was selected
for the Chicago Film Festival. They've
done videos in New York for non-profit
organisations and are currently working
on a romantic comedy starring Vanessa
Williams (Soul Food) called One Upon
This Aisle as well as a documentary
called Honorary White, which is based
on the rebel cricket team that traveled
to apartheid South Africa.
Director of Photography
Robin Pishton and Sascha Ali
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