Tuesday, 6 March 2012

BITS & PIECES: Keiran King’s new marriage drama + Movie Month at Mona + Marley in the Park

After a long self-imposed hiatus, singer-actress Keisha Patterson is set to rekindle her love affair with the theatre in Keiran King’s upcoming marital drama Mr. & Mrs. Blacke, a play for two voices. Slated for a July premiere at UWI Mona’s Philip Sherlock Centre, the drama (which co-stars King) is being directed by Paul Issa and is centred on an attractive young couple watching their marriage crumble in the wake of secrets and deception. The action unfolds over the course of an evening. Mr. & Mrs. Blacke is King’s follow-up to last year’s well-received period musical Last Call.

It’s Movie Month at Mona! Each Friday in March, cinephiles can catch lectures, discussions and film screenings at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre on the UWI Mona Campus. The activities, which will focus on Jamaican film, are intended to raise awareness and create interest in film studies as the Department of Literatures in English, in collaboration with the Institute of Caribbean Studies, prepares to introduce a Film Studies minor for UWI students in September. Among the presenters confirmed for Movie Month are independent filmmaker and activist Dr. Esther Figueroa and Ghett’a Life director Chris Browne (above).

In other good news for the local film industry, Marley, Kevin McDonald’s acclaimed new documentary on the life of Bob Marley, will reportedly get a grand premiere at the Emancipation Park on Thursday, April 19. The viewing – a day before the official international release – is free to the public and is being facilitated by the Marley family as part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations.

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