Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 17th 2013 Contents The T&T Film Festival opens
tonight at Queen s Hall, St Ann s.
Last year around this time I wrote
in my column: "At the packed open-
ing of the festival at Queen s Hall on
Wednesday night, guest of honour
director Kevin Macdonald got a rous-
ing round of applause when he
voiced the expectation that the next
big film from the Caribbean would
come from T&T. It could have been
just an idle piece of mamaguy,
designed to raise a cheer from the
crowd of local filmmakers and artists
who dominated the audience, but at
the rate we are going it could actually
The prophesy hasn t yet come true.
In the past few months we ve seen
the opening---and flopping---of one of
the most audience-oriented inde-
pendent films attempted by a T&T
filmmaker: Escape from Babylon.
Unlike director Nick Attin s debut
feature Little Boy Blue, this was not
an art movie. It was a straight-up
action flick, Hollywood-style, with a
plot that read like a cross between
Taxi Driver and one of the more
gruesome episodes of the US TV
show Criminal Minds.
Attin s action feature has pretty
much everything Trinis like in a
movie: fight scenes, good-looking
people, guns, and a happy ending.
(No explosions, though.) Yet it closed
after one week in cinemas.
In the interim since my writing
about last year s TTFF opening,
we ve also seen the long and suc-
cessful cinema run of the TT-Cana-
dian production Home Again. It was
as violent as Escape from Babylon,
but with more sophisticated produc-
tion values (although, still no explo-
The movie was indifferently
reviewed by the Globe and Mail,
whose critic called it "rather melo-
dramatic, full of the improbable coin-
cidences." That did not stop the film
from being embraced by T&T audi-
ences and critics; it showed for over
a month in cinemas here.
Over in Barbados, the comedy Pay-
day has hit pay dirt. Made on a
budget that would make a shoestring
look like big bucks, the film was
shot, edited and finished in a week.
It s getting sold-out audiences in
Barbados. I haven t yet seen it, but I
want to know whether its production
values are that much higher than
those of Escape from Babylon, or if it
is that Barbadians are more willing to
take a chance on an all-local film
than we are in T&T.
The TTFF is bringing one more
shot for us to love up our own dra-
matic features in the form of God
Loves the Fighter. I haven t seen this
one, either, but TTFF editorial direc-
tor Jonathan Ali---a terrific cinephile
and movie critic---has listed it in the
magazine Caribbean Beat as one of
his top five picks for the festival.
Directed by T&T-born music-video
maker Damian Marcano and starring
Freetown Collective s Muhammed
Muwakil, the movie looks like it s
going to be quite a raw portrayal of
urban life in T&T. I m looking for-
ward to it, not only because I was
raised in Morvant and went to school
in Town, but because I want to see
what a US-Trini director sees when
he looks at us.
God Loves the Fighter has its world
premiere on Friday at 8.30 pm at
MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, and
shows again at UWI on Republic Day.
(For a full list of screenings check the
Web site ttfilmfestival.com). I wonder
if it will find legs to run again once
the festival is over, whether people
will be buying up blocks of tickets
for it like they are reportedly doing
for Payday over in Barbados, and if it
will become part of our national
memory like the classic feature film
Bim has become.
I hope it will. It s about time.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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the construction of a Concrete Bridge.
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LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
TTFF BRINGS ANOTHER SHOT
FOR US TO LOVE UP OUR OWN WEB CHAT
What PR system means to T&T
This is the kind of elucidation that should have taken place
to inform all and sundry as to the ramifications of the PR
system. As I stated elsewhere, Mr Ramadhar and company,
when they held their Constitution Commission meetings,
should have disseminated for public education and informa-
tion, a booklet (like the Wooding Commission did in 1971/4)
called Thinking Things Through, spelling out the pros and
cons of PR. Even with what Mr Henry stated above in the Q
& A, it takes a minute to fully grasp all the essential details
and to comprehend its usage and application to either the
local or general elections.
To "ram" legislation through, weeks before the local gov-
ernment elections, does no body any good......especially as we
are all accustomed to First Past the Post as the vehicle we
applied in past elections.
I am sure Mr Henry's piece has shed some light on PR's ap-
plication and many readers are much better off for the info.
The Guardian must also be commended for empowering
our citizenry civically. As a matter of fact, newspapers should
ducate, inform and engage in good free expression rather
than sensationalise every issue.
Appeal Court too slow
The upper echelons of our judicial system grind exceeding
fine but are correspondingly slow and the longer it takes the
more it costs and the greater the retainers and fees for the
How about a statute of limitations to impose a timeline
for making and resolving appeals. If you don't appeal
promptly you lose the right to and if the courts don't deal
with your appeal within a reasonable timeframe the convic-
tion is automatically quashed. That should spur our legal
donkeys into racehorse mode and save money as well.
Seismic expert on Couva
Children's Hospital: Design can't
withstand major earthquake
Unless I misread this article I do not see where this fellow
says that the design cannot withstand an earthquake. He
says that the design may be inadequate and then goes on to
explain the economic problems that plague his service pro-
ducing a lack of up-to-date data mapping etc.
I suspect that there is no safe place in Trinidad if the CRF
rocks at 7.5 or more.
Having said all that. I am sure that a new location should
not be too hard to procure if necessary.
My picks for the TTFF:
God Loves the Fighter/Damian
Muhammad Muwakil stars in this
city tale of drugs, guns, prostitution
Forward Ever: The Killing of a
Although it happened when I was
old enough to hear about it, I know
next to nothing about the Grenada
Revolution. Hopefully this film will
begin to fill in some of the gaps for
I can't wait to see what all the
fuss is about; and also, what a film
made in a week looks like.
If only to compare and contrast
with God Loves the Fighter---the
two films share similar themes and
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