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Green Days continues to captivate audiences

Published: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Author Michael Anthony, centre, poses with the cast of Green Days by the River.

Green Days by the River, the film adaptation of the beloved Michael Anthony film, continues its stellar run at the local box office. Now approaching its fourth week of national release, cinema goers are still flocking to experience what many have hailed as “one of the best local films to have come from the shores of Trinidad and Tobago”.

A release said Green Days premiered to sold out screenings and was the number one movie at MovieTowne in its first week of release. Ticket sales determine a film’s screening duration, and due to Green Days’ sustained momentum, it is likely to remain in cinemas for another few weeks. Various critics have lauded it as “visually stunning” with an “authentic feel” and “acting of benchmarking quality”, and the film’s Facebook page is full of praise from delighted fans.

A School Tour for the film at the MovieTowne, Caribbean Cinemas 8, and Imax theatres has been immensely successful, with students from over 50 schools attending and bookings are ongoing. For many years, the novel has been taught in schools nationwide and schoolchildren have expressed great excitement to see the iconic characters and story brought to life. Even after the film has completed its nationwide screening run, it will still be available for viewing at the Imax in an on-demand program that will permit schools to book screenings privately.

After close to three years of production, producer Christian James, is heartened by the enthusiastic reception to the film. “The media reviews and social media commentary for the film have been extremely gracious and the fans are very pleased with how we brought the book to life,” he said.

“We are experiencing a screening run comparable to a Hollywood film in terms of length of stay in the cinema. That speaks a lot to what the local audiences want to see and sends a clear message that Trinidad and Tobago is ready to produce and consume high quality local content.”

Director Michael Mooleedhar, expressed his excitement about the film’s success. “We feel very proud to have made such a patriotic film and to have it be received so well,” he said. “Experiencing the film with different audiences has been fantastic. I was invited to attend when Fatima saw the film at the Imax, and I was equally entertained by the reactions and their enjoyment of the movie.”

“We encourage every Trinbagonian to go see the film, to see their history, their identity and themselves on screen,” he added. “We hope to stay in cinemas as long as a Hollywood blockbuster and prove that there is a demand for homegrown films. So, we hope everyone goes to see it while it’s still in theatres!”

Looking ahead, James and Mooleedhar aim to release the film theatrically in the Caribbean and Diaspora markets in the United States and the United Kingdom. The pair also have their sights set on taking Green Days by the River to general markets globally, and hope to procure a sales agent to facilitate the release of the film in these international territories.

According to James, “the end game is that Green Days by the River can live online on Amazon, Netflix, and in the educational system for years to come.”

Mooleedhar added, “We could not be more excited about the prospects of Green Days by the River and what the film symbolises for the future of local cinema. We would like the movie to represent Trinidad and Tobago on the world stage and become a medium to showcase the value and beauty of our culture.”