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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bit Depth
Jeffrey Alleyne in the Valleywood editing room in Petit Valley. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY

Jeffrey Alleyne is a contentious man. I suspect even his best friends will tell him that.

He’s aired very public beefs with a lot of people as video rants on Facebook, most of them in the formal film industry in T&T, and that’s how he first popped up on my radar.

I’d been drawn to one of his many videos of vociferous dissent with the status quo and his spirited defence of the Government’s Creative Industries initiative, which he’d described as a dismantling of the crony system he believes exists in the T&T Film Company (TTFC).

He’s a self-confessed bad boy.

“At 13 I left school to learn a trade,” he said, “I went to learn tailoring at Samaroo’s and by 14, I was working. But I was also a hustler in town, hanging out with the boys I met in Boys Industrial in the plannings on Nelson and George Street.”

He spent only a short time at the correctional institution, but he became part of a baker’s dozen of boys who would hit the streets together. Jeffrey Alleyne served eight and a half years in the Remand Yard for robbery and shooting cases, before being released in 1996.

After knocking around from one unsatisfying job to another, he decided to try to work on a rig and began putting money together to do the safety training.