Canadian-Caribbean Sci-Fi Actor’s film, A Winter Tale, to premiere in Jamaica
Film and television star Peter Williams is no stranger to the screen. With a Genie Award nomination and more than 50 credits to his name, this Jamaican-Canadian star was dubbed ?one of the country?s finest actors? by the Montreal Gazette. Now, Williams is preparing for a trip back to his home town of Kingston, Jamaica, as his most recent project A Winter Tale gets ready to be released theatrically across the island.
Directed and produced by Frances-Anne Solomon, A Winter Tale will open to movie-goers in Jamaica on Wednesday April 9 at the following cinemas: Carib 5, Kingston; Palace Cineplex, Kingston; Palace Multiplex, Montego Bay, Odeon Cineplex, Mandeville; and the Marquee Cayman in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. The film?s Jamaican release is generously sponsored by Air Jamaica, Hype TV, The Gleaner, The Jamaica Observer, High Commission of Canada, Roots FM, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JAMPRO), National Council on Drug Abuse, Grace Kennedy Corp, CTV and Caribbean Beat.
Although his credits include high budget television series and blockbuster movies, Williams says his experience working on the independent feature A Winter Tale has definitely been a career highlight. ?The project now known as A Winter Tale will remain one of the touchstones of my career. From the meetings with Telefilm Canada, to the workshop intensives, the minimalist stage presentation and the organized chaos of budget-conscious filmmaking, this was a uniquely eye-opening process.?
Williams portrays one of the film?s central characters; Gene Wright ? a concerned social worker who takes it upon himself to start a local Black Men?s support group, after a young boy is accidentally killed by a stray bullet.
Over the past year A Winter Tale has traveled the globe, opening and closing numerous film festivals, winning awards and garnering favorable reviews along the way. It took home the Outstanding Canadian Feature Award at the 2007 ReelWorld Film Festival, and the People?s Choice Award for Best Caribbean Feature at the 2007 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
A Winter Tale has also been expanded into a community based anti-violence film tour, which Williams is proud to be involved with. Dubbed Talk It Out, the tour arranges for various youth and school groups to watch the movie, and then talk with the cast and crew about the important issues of guns, gangs, drugs, etc. which are raised in the film.