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Miranda Jack, the police detective
protagonist of the TV-series-in-
waiting The Honest Honestest
Truth, has a compulsive disorder
that she tries to keep under control
as she solves crime.
But Miranda s creator and the
actress who plays her, Gina Parris,
doesn t want the show viewed as
the T&T take on a popular American
TV series in which a detective strug-
gles to control a compulsive disorder
as he tries to solve crimes.
"Please do not put it s the Trinidad
Monk," Parris said during an inter-
view at the series launch at Rossco s
restaurant and bar in Woodbrook.
"If somebody tells me, Which
show you would compare your show
to? I would pull out Monk because,
yes, he s a detective and he has a
psychological disorder, but every-
thing else I wouldn t say it s like
Monk," said Parris, who conceived
the show and wrote the scripts for
the first three episodes, which are
currently being filmed.
There is actually one other way
in which The Honest Honestest
Truth, which would be the first TV
series of its kind in T&T, is like
Monk. Mainly a crime drama, the
show adds humour to alleviate the
otherwise dark elements of the story.
"The conflicts each person has to
encounter are very over-the-top. So
if I don t add comedy to it, it would
be so heavy," said Parris.
The Honest Honestest Truth---
also meant to reflect current social
problems---begins with a double
murder in a church. Miranda and
her partner Kiwan, played by Alister
Edwards, have to go undercover to
solve it. In the process they discover
that the mafia is in T&T and has
key people within the police service
in its pocket.
The case becomes "almost like a
spiderweb," said Parris.
"Everything gets more compli-
cated and more ugly in terms of
personalities," she added. "Along
that journey to solve that murder,
all sorts of things happen.
"People get tortured. You see
who you thought was decent, is
not. You see who could pull
strings, who s using their power
and abusing their power."
To do her job well, Miranda has
to keep in check her compulsive
lying and kleptomania. The difficulty
she has in doing this is one of the
show s sources of humour.
Parris said the idea was inspired
by her studies in counselling, in
which she has a master s degree.
"I was just thinking it would be
a cool twist to have this officer and
she s kind of messed up like that,"
said Parris, who was previously seen
on comedy shows and the short film
A Story About Wendy.
Parris has taken the show around
to different local TV stations and
so far, one has given her a letter of
interest, but nothing has been
finalised, she said.
The first three episodes will fea-
ture Kearn Samuel (who acted in
Raymond Choo Kong s comedy pro-
ductions and the action thriller
Escape From Babylon) as mafia
member Richard Rivers; the diminu-
tive Allan Emmanuel, better known
by the stage name Cyclops, as drug
lord Jacob Hoyte; and Samara Lallo,
who was also in Escape From Baby-
lon, as police officer Maria
Michael Mooleedhar, whose film
The Cool Boys was screened at the
2012 T&T Film Festival, is directing.
Parris said she had no problem
putting together a crew. A lot of them
she trained with at Talent Factory,
a division of Question Mark Enter-
tainment, the company that put on
the recent three-day Decibel film,
music and dance expo.
Besides fulfilling an ambition she s
had since childhood---to produce a
film by age 30---Parris, who turned
30 in January, likes the idea of pro-
viding an outlet for local talent. All
actors in The Honest Honestest
Truth are local and all music featured
is from local artistes.
"I m really trying to not only pro-
mote myself but other talent," she
said. "I don t like the idea of leaving
my dreams in somebody else s hands
all the time. I want to be able to
make it a reality as well and also
bring along people on that ride."
One challenge has been getting
financing for the series. She was
turned down by one major company
before finally securing funding from
the Ministry of the Arts and Mul-
ticulturalism, Royal Castle, Red Bull,
Grafton Beach Resort and O2Tick-
et.She s looking for more investors
and sponsors to finish filming.
"Even though I don t have all the
funding I need, I thought we d start
filming some scenes, do a teaser and
start to push from there," she said.
Dillon Jimenez, the actor who plays
the serial rapist Matthew in The
Honest Honestest Truth, said Parris
didn t have to convince him to come
on board. He wanted to support her
in an endeavour he d like to see more
of in T&T.
"I think it s a step forward," he
said. "You see other countries doing
their thing. We have the talent here
and we need to do more of our own
Honest Honestest Truth
From left: Verena Siblal,
director Michael Mooleedhar,
Gina Parris, Rebecca Foster
and Eirnil Harry.
PHOTO: OMAR MORAIN
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