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A free staged reading today at the Trinidad
Theatre Workshop (TTW), corner of Norfolk
Street and Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, will be
part of the winding down of the Theatre Festival,
currently under way under the aegis of the Nation-
al Drama Association (NDATT).
The reading, of Val Matthews' script River Boys,
starts at 6 pm. Pre-registration is advised.
The festival's free workshops, which began last
week with acting and writing workshops by the
likes of Dani Lyndersay, Michael Cherrie, Cecilia
Salazar and Tony Hall, continue tomorrow with a
workshop on comedy (facilitator to be announced)
and Tuesday with a workshop on sound and lighting
by experts Robin Foster and Ken Joseph.
Both workshops are scheduled to take place at
the TTW and start at 5 pm.
Completing the lineup will be a public forum
on the topic Issues in Theatre Today, a moderated
discussion to take place at the Little Carib Theatre,
corner White and Roberts Streets, Woodbrook, at
6 pm on Tuesday.
The festival runs until October 30.
Hungry for Hunger Games
Another good Sunday for film choice
includes one of last week's picks (*Made
in Dagenham, 9.20 am Max) and one
of week before's (*Finding Nemo, 1 pm
MaxW), a former Best Film of the Week
(*Field of Dreams, 1 pm TCM), a strong
remake of a Hitchcock original (A Perfect
Murder, 4.15 pm MaxW) and a decent
thriller that is miraculously not ruined
by having Jennifer Aniston in the female
lead (Derailed, 8 pm Max). There are also three chances to appreciate the
amazingly talented Mr Depp (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, 4 pm, Alice
in Wonderland, 6 pm and Dark Shadows, 8 pm HBOF). The week includes
two former Best Films of the Week (*The Dark Knight Rises, 9 pm Thursday
HBOC, Another Year BEST FILM OF THE WEEK 8.35 pm tomorrow Max)
and two chances to see one of the best spooky-scary films ever made (Pol-
tergeist, 7.15 pm tomorrow, Max and 5.45 pm Wednesday MaxW) .
Today's best film:
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross/ 2012/USA/Sci-fi-Adventure-Thriller/142
mins/PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images),
3.15 pm HBOC and again 5 pm HBO Thursday. Watch this if you liked Lord
of the Flies, Battle Royale or Over the Edge. Probably the most successful
young-adult book series aimed at females since Louisa May Alcott had Little
Women turn into Young Wives in the late 19th century (even if the plot is
stolen from the Japanese cult classic, Battle Royale), The Hunger Games
trilogy made for reading as thrilling as, say, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
set. The first film is screening on cable and DirecTV just as part II, Catching
Fire, gets set for cinematic release next month. For parents who want to see
what all the fuss is about, the first film, though not nearly as good as the
first book, explains that your daughters aren't as foolish as they were when
they raved over the Twilight series. The special effects are great but the real
star of the show is the excellent Jennifer Lawrence, who took our breath
away in Winter's Bone and brought it back with a gasp in Silver Linings Play-
book. Far better than might be expected.
Rest of the week:
The Exorcist (William Friedkin/ 1973/USA/Horror/122 mins/R for strong
language and disturbing images), 10 pm tomorrow Turner Classic Movies.
Watch this if you liked The Omen, The Shining or the original Wes Craven
A Nightmare on Elm Street. Though the gore and special effects have been
greatly improved in modern movies, The Exorcist, 40 years old, is far, far
scarier than most of today's rubbish. Before excess replaced finesse, this
movie had people running screaming out of cinemas all over the world. Watch
the scene with the crucifix---far, far more upsetting than the book version---
and you'll see why. The music alone is terrifying.
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols/2011/ USA/Drama-Thriller/128 mins/Rated R),
5.50 pm Wednesday Max. Watch this if you liked Melancholia, My Zinc Bed
or Silver Linings Playbook. A serious film taking mental illness as its starting
point includes magnificent performances from Michael Shannon (Revolutionary
Road) and the Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated Best Actress, Jessica
Chastain, as well as a genuine thriller element in the slow, relentless buildup
of tension as the leading man prepares for an impending epic storm that
may or may not be completely in his mind. Not for the Vin Diesel crowd
at all-at all but, for people with an O-level or two, this is a riveting portrayal
of the cost paid by other family members of mental instability in a parent,
child or sibling. One of those films that can cheer up people wrestling with
what they come to realise is relatively minor depression.
Best of the rest: Mon: Ulzana's Raid, 6.15 pm TCM; Tues: Lord of the
Rings 3: Return of the King, 9 pm HBOF; Wed: The Smurfs, 5.15 pm HBO;
Thurs: Brave, 8.15 pm HBO; Fri: Crazy, Stupid Love, 9 pm HBO; Sat: Reality
Bites, 6.20 am TCM.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Derek OC Blackman s US-based band Elu
the Dust premiered a new video last week.
The ska-rock ballad about long-distance
love, Third Engine, follows the August
release of the band s video for the more
up-tempo song Whiplash.
Whiplash (youtu.be/c1POtJN7Ua0) got
some 14,000 views on YouTube, Blackman
reported in a Facebook conversation last
week. It's a funny video including clips of others'
unfortunate accidents on bikes, skateboards and
Blackman, a scion of the late great Ras Shorty
I, is the lead singer and guitarist of the band. Elu
the Dust also includes on guitars, keys and trombone
John McKnight (a former member of Fishbone, an
Los Angeles funk/punk/rock band with a cult fol-
lowing). Other band members are Kevin
Smith on bass and Josh Schreiber on
drums. The band previously released
three CDs under the name Dominion
Both Elu the Dust videos feature
third-generation Blackmans: Derek's
daughter Danni and his sister Abbi's
daughter Nailah Blackman Thorn-
Staged reading, free
workshops in Theatre Fest
E-mail email@example.com or log
on to the festival site: thendatt.wordpress.com
Find Elu the Dust's Web page here:
reverbnation.com/eluthedust; and follow this
link to their new video for Third Engine:
Ska, rock and
The Blackman legacy
A Trifecta of the Week's
Best Films on the Box
Jennifer Lawrence is excellent in the The Hunger Games.
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