The Reggae Film Festival’s Barbara Blake-Hannah heads to London this week to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Black Entertainment, Film, Television and Theatre Awards (BEFTTA). Blake-Hannah, who is receiving the award for “opening the doors for Black media in England,” says she is quite touched to have been selected for the honour. “I lived in England for only eight of my 70 years, so it is so good, no great, to be recognized and remembered after all this time,” she tells TALLAWAH. “Never having received an award at home for my work, it reminds me of the saying, ‘A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country.’”
Jamaican filmmaker Storm Saulter’s gritty socio-political feature-length debut Better Mus’ Come recently copped the People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at the sixth annual Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, which ran from Sept 21 to Oct. 4. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook. Jean Gentil, directed by Mexico’s Israel Cárdenas and Laura Guzman of the Dominican Republic, took the jury prize for Best Overall Narrative Feature Film, the top prize going.
Meanwhile, Hit Me With Music, a documentary about Jamaica’s dancehall culture, proved popular among judges and festivalgoers. Directed by Miguel Galofré, it picked up two awards at the festival: the jury prize for Best Overall Documentary Feature and the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.
In other film news, the Paul Campbell urban flick, Out The Gate, is set to (finally!) have its Jamaican red-carpet premiere in Kingston on Nov. 2. Oliver Samuels and Everton Dennis co-star in the gritty action-packed drama directed by Stevie Johnson.