DOUBLE TAKE: Actors vibing on the set of Wilkinson's Heart of the City.
DURING our interview with actor Everaldo Creary (who costars in Yardie) a few weeks ago, he made the observation that as a film industry, we are still young in expressing our stories. We agree wholeheartedly, but it’s the industry’s small triumphs, ever on the increase, that inspired this month’s Film & Theatre Issue, our annual salute to Jamaican show business.
For one thing, the Jamaica Film Commission ought to be applauded for the ongoing efforts to make Jamaica the film destination of choice in this part of the world. Major Hollywood players, from Idris Elba to Eric Roberts, have visited our shores in recent times for projects and, by all accounts, many more are on the way.
The home-based Propella Initiative, which provides funding for talented filmmakers to showcase their work to an international audience, is flourishing, as it should, and we look forward to seeing the projects from the latest crop of finalists.
Great things are on the horizon – from the shooting of the book-to-screen adaptation The Mango Girl to the release of Maya Wilkinson’s foray into feature film, Heart of the City. But no forthcoming project is more avidly anticipated, long-awaited than Storm Saulter’s Sprinter, which is scheduled for a world premiere this summer. As its leading man, Kadeem Wilson (“His Time Now”), tells us, it’s a must-see that captures a heady mix of athletics and Jamaican culture.
Our cover star Glen Campbell (“True Original”) is a veteran of the stage, but he’s no stranger to film, having done such classic screen work as the 90s hit TV series Titus and, more recently, the 2016 short Shoot the Girl. Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell is appearing in the new Netflix movie Game Over Man and Jamerican star Adjani Salmon recently won raves for his web series Driving Whilst Black. So the Jamaican film industry has no shortage of talent to draw from as we advance toward a future, where the possibilities for growth and development are endless.
So Everaldo is right: our movie industry is still young and small, but we are making great strides.