NIGHT MOVES: Daley (left) and Nelson play men hunting for a better life.
Christopher “Johnny” Daley is all alpha-male brawn and wide-eyed enthusiasm as the male lead in the trailer (see below) for the much-anticipated Jamaican film Kingston Paradise, which has been a coming attraction for several months now.
Directed by Mary Wells, the film will have its world premiere at the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase in Canada on September 13.
Daley plays Rocksy, a down-on-his-luck street hustler and cabbie, brazen to the last, who comes up with daring scheme to steal a fancy sports car right from under the owner’s nose. As could be expected, things go downhill pretty fast until he hits rock bottom and begins to realize that progress is impossible without positive change -- starting with himself.
Clocking in at 90 minutes, the gritty urban drama, centred on the harsh economic realities of life in the ghetto, is taglined, “Chase a dream; rise above it.” Rounding out the main cast are newcomers Camille Small (as Rocksy’s girlfriend, Rosie) and Gregory Nelson (as his friend and partner in speedy crime, Malt).
According to her bio, Wells is an independent director, writer and producer now based in Jamaica. With over two decades’ worth of experience in television and film production, she has developed, produced and directed a host of West Indian-centric programmes, specializing in documentaries. Kingston Paradise is her first feature film.