BARBADOS SPORTS-DRAMA FILM HITS BIG APPLE THIS MONTH!
The Big Apple is in for a treat this month when the Barbados film “Hit For Six!” screens at a prestigious film festival there.
Producers of Hit For Six! are thrilled to have the movie featured at the African Diaspora Film Festival from November 28 to December 14 as part of its world tour. Hit For Six! was also featured at the bfm International Film Festival in London from November 1 to 17..
The African Diaspora Film Festival is in its 16th year and it presents more than 100 films from 35 countries at six different locations in Manhattan.
Hit For Six! is the story of a playboy West Indies cricketer who must fight the demons of his past, including a match fixing charge. He learns about love while struggling for his last chance to play in a major global tournament and earn the respect of his estranged father, a former great West Indies player.
Since the movie premiered on April 18 last year and enjoyed a five-week run in Barbados followed by runs in Jamaica, Trinidad, Antigua and St. Lucia, the movie made the rounds in North America, screening at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Hollywood and in Washington D.C. at the prestigious American Film Institute. This year, the movie screened at the Pan African Film Festival in LA, it was a selection at the International Film Festival in South Africa and next month?s showings will take the film?s director one step closer to her mission.
?I want to share our rich Caribbean culture and heritage with the world,? stated writer, producer and director of the film Alison Saunders-Franklyn. She is driven by the desire to tell ?one of our own stories and build a local film industry?, viewing the movie?s world tour as a step for Caribbean people.
Saunders also expressed appreciation of the support of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) in the marketing and promotion of Hit For Six! ?This is a developmental phase for our nascent film industry, where we are exposing our product to the international market. The support of the BIDC has been invaluable on this journey,? she emphasised.
Soon after Hit for Six! made its debut, it won three awards at the Bridgetown Film Festival in Barbados – Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Barbadian Film. In addition, the film won the Redemptive Storyteller Award at the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and it was also nominated for Best International Feature Film at the International Film Festival South Africa.
The movie was filmed on location in Barbados and Trinidad and it features an all Caribbean cast. It was produced by Blue Waters Productions in association with Merville Lynch Productions.