Monday, 17 July 2017

ON THE RADAR: David Heron does Stallings’ Leonora + Peter Polack presents Jamaica, The Land of Film + Judith Falloon-Reid wins big with 70X7

PAGE: Peter Polack may be a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School who’s amassed vast experience in the judiciary, but he’s equally passionate about film, particularly the history and the evolution of the art form in Jamaica. With Jamaica, The Land of Film, his debut publication, he’s put together a comprehensive chronicle charting 100 years of Jamaica’s involvement in the film world, going as far back as 1910 ad highlighting numerous previously unpublished details concerning locations, actors and directors, etc. According to Polack, the depth of research and painstaking attention to detail brought to Jamaica, The Land of Film “will be of great interest to cinema aficionados and fans of Caribbean history alike.” 

SCREEN: Acclaimed author, entrepreneur and founder of the Independent Voyces literary fest, Judith Falloon-Reid, has scored her latest triumph, with her film 70X7 picking up the award for Best Inspirational Film at the Caribbean Lens Film Festival held in Hollywood, California, recently. Released by Barrivisions Productions, the company Falloon-Reid (pictured above with ABC Studios' Nne Ebong) established with her husband, 70X7 is a faith-based drama that shares the compelling story of a superstar singer who falls on hard times and faces an uncertain future. 

STAGE: Some guys have all the luck. Hard-working actor and playwright David Heron continues his good run on the North American theatre circuit, landing a pivotal role in the recent New York staged reading of Leonora, a new work from writer David Stallings, who drew inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, giving it a Jamaican twist. Set in ’50s Jamaica, Leonora finds Heron in the role of Shamar Campbell, a banker of mixed heritage who is about to be given the boot. For Heron, the play is both an important new work and a refreshing creative challenge. “The issues of class, race and simmering social rebellion that now permeate the story,” Heron says, “give it an energy and dynamism that’s hugely exciting for me, both as an artist and a Jamaican.”

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