Play the Devil – a powerful, local drama about an impoverished teen whose chance encounter with an older, wealthy businessman leads to deadly consequences – will open the 11th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), at the Central Bank Auditorium, on 20 September, 2016.
Making its Trinidad + Tobago premiere, the film which debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, to rave reviews, will also screen at MovieTowne as part of the Festivalâ€™s programme of films from 21 – 27 September.
Set and shot in Paramin, with a local cast and crew, the film, follows the fate of 18 year old school boy, Gregory (English actor, Petrice Jones), who, cossetted within a close-knit community and with little worldly experience, is pursued and seduced by wealthy businessman James (Gareth Jenkins), sending him spiralling into a cat and mouse game in which there can be no winners.
The film, which was produced by Abigail Hadeed (T+T) and directed by Bahamian native, Maria Govan, showcases sterling performances by local acting veterans Penelope Spencer and Che Rodriguez, with breath-taking shots of Paramin and its famous blue devils, as its dramatic backdrop.
According to Govan in an interview with Variety Magazine: â€śthe Jab… inspired the film… the story came knocking and was relentless. The Jab is so vital, raw and cinematic, and Paramin so exquisite. It felt as though the spirit of the place spun a storm of inspiration that demanded expression.â€ť
Govan, a self-taught filmmaker worked on sets in Hollywood, before returning home to work on documentaries. In 2004 she moved to New York and began writing her first narrative film, Rain, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at ttff/09 and won numerous awards internationally.
Additional screenings of Play the Devil will be held at Movietowne POS, Sunday 25th September at 6.00pm, with the filmmakers present for a Q+A.
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