Cinema, Theatre & Pop Culture in 2013 for Barbados: how far and how crucial to economy?
This year proved significant for Barbados in some positive ways and if paid the correct attention, can be a Way Fwd from the current fiscal morass we’re enduring… Culture in the form of Theatre, Cinema and the new venue of Cosplay can be serious avenues of Entrepreneurship which can teach our MP’s a thing or 2 if they’d pay some genuine attention!
Even Trinidadian film came to be a major force in our cinematic menu here in August when A Runaway Colony as devised by Nicholas Attin in his Crime Drama “Escape From Babylon,” which played to packed houses at the Olympus.
Yet even in Port Of Spain, Attin’s journey was not sweet, as we learn in his own words (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
While “Escape From Babylon” originated in Trinidad, Attin has plans to make it a full Caricom venture (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Joel, who teaches Martial Arts when not making daring films with Nicholas, spoke of how people want to be a part of the success after its completion (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
He told Bajan Reporter this is both good and bad, it is annoying because when you really need the support, it was lacking yet once they see the sleekness of the product, they’re willing to look for Product Placement in Part 2!
Nicholas Attin says the sequel will feature Barbadian actors (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
The strange thing is, even the Governor of the Central Bank sees movies and ventures like Anime Kon as a means of delivering the country from its current slump (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
What about the forces who slug it out and make it happen? Bajan Reporter chatted with Omar Kennedy, whose 50% of the dynamic duo what makes Anime Kon happen since 2010 (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Omar realises the Internet combined with Creative Property and thus can level the playing field for young Barbadians (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Anime Kon‘s guests in 2013 did a better job at promoting Barbados than the BTA (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
One of the folks who used Anime Kon as a fulcrum for their own cinematic career, diverged into Graphic Novels with Tristan “Spirit Bear” Roach, this eventually led to “Payday,” a cinematic success at Sheraton Mall – Marc Gibson addressed the cross-over (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Payday, which garnered many Awards in Trinidad and Cuba, despite the fact its language while genuinely raw Bajan was definitely Adult in Nature (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
The universality of Payday was so pervasive that seldom were sub-titles called for (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Marc says Let’s Do This Films has no intention to rest on its laurels, already they’re preparing for 2014 (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Many of Payday’s cast and crew have gained recognition as a result of promoting Barbados via film, Chrissy a film from the opposite end of Barbados, in a way, while made in 2012 has gained more ground in 2013!
The anti-bullying motivational drama sparked an essay contest in the Cayman isles; is also on board for translation into French/ Portuguese/ Cantonese/ Mandarin; Chrissy is set to appear in 2 South African film festivals and yet despite all of the recognition – Corporate Responsibility is highly limited – the same as happened with Payday and Escape From Babylon!
As Dr DeLisle Worrell acknowledged, another avenue of Cultural Entrepreneurship is Theatre and in 2013 the hit was Keshia Pope as an angel in Gale Theatre’s run at Frank Collymore Hall… This was a dramatisation of the last night on Earth for the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr in The Mountaintop.
It was no easy climb for Keshia, her parents felt culture and acting is not a way to earn a living, she had a hard choice to make on leaving secondary school (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Her mother wanted her to discontinue schooling on Graduation, but in order to allow her mother to keep funding her education she chose Accounts and IT which really was against her grain – but the numbers and web-design was the only way her parents accepted her doing more school.
It was when she reached UWI she truly decided to follow her heart, no matter what (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Her parents, in her words, seemed rather similar to the structured approach seen for Tyler Perry‘s character in Good Deeds, in that they wanted to plan every step of her way and she should just agree – eventually, however, her mother came around while her father is resolute (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Keshia almost declined this year’s role with the UK-Barbados charity since the angel was a former prostitute, the hesitation was palpable – she had a previous chance yet buckled in 2009 (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
Keshia mentioned how she was nervous since the first role the Gale Theatre offered her was as a witch in Macbeth, it was already insult she chose dance over business, now to add injury by embracing the supernatural as a Christian?
The aspiring actress works at a real estate agency on the island’s West Coast, the folk have been very supportive (CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO);-
The same way Keshia’s company could make concessions to allow her to ply both trades, like if private sector through sponsorship and public sector via Government offering tax incentives and removing inhibiting regulations in forming a company to be more on par with Hong Kong, India or even the Dominican Republic? Then maybe Barbados could actually haul itself from these doldrums by its own bootstraps!