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TTFF brings another shot for us to love up our own
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 opening of the festival at Queen’s Hall on Wednesday night, guest of honour director Kevin Macdonald got a rousing 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 be prophetic.” 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 independent 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 successful cinema run of the TT-Canadian production Home Again. It was as violent as Escape from Babylon, but with more sophisticated production values (although, still no explosions).
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