Forging of a Nation

Thank God Hurricane Matthew spared Jamaica its wrath, but we pray for Haiti which was battered to the bone and lost 1,000 lives. We pray for her continued strength and resilience when faced with devastating and catastrophic challenges. I have read many scripts about Haiti over my career and I’ ... Read More

Popular characters from the Franch animation series Asterix and Obelix French Animation Festival returns
THE Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, the Embassy of France and the Jamaica Animation N ... Read More

Pearl McFarlane Pearl McFarlane laid to rest
ANOTHER cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. Pearl McFarlane, who played ... Read More

Madina Nalwanga (left) and Lupita Nyong’o in a scene from the movie Queen of Katwe. Checkmate for Harambe
Harambe, a song by African hip hop artiste Saba Saba and Jamaican deejay E-Dee, is featured on the s ... Read More

Actor Countryman is dead

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, September 20, 2016    

Edwin ‘Countryman’ Lothan as he appeared in the 1982 film Countryman

Edwin “Countryman Lothan, star of the 1982 film Countryman, is dead. The fisherman-turned-actor passed away at home in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Sunday. He was 70. Countryman became a household name following the release of the cult classic of the same name, written and directed by Dickie Jobson and produced by Chris Blackwell. Jobson, who died last year, said in an interview he first met Countryman in the 1970s when he was a fisherman living on the beach in Hellshire — a beach ... Read More

Film-maker now looking at Marcus Garvey flick

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, September 14, 2016    

Anderson (second left), shares a moment with the Tate brothers, from left Lahmard, Larenz, and Larron. The brothers were part of a panel discussion at the Festival that looked at diversity in Hollywood at the just-concluded Newark International Film Festival.

A docu-film on the life of Jamaica first National Hero Marcus Garvey is currently in development, spearheaded by Jamaican-born film-maker Roy Anderson and Garvey’s younger son, Dr Julius Garvey. Anderson, who has produced and directed two films — Akwantu and Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, says he was drawn to do a film on Garvey simply because he was a Maroon, as well as he fits into a recurring theme in his productions, resistance. “Telling stories with themes o ... Read More

The Elizabeth Ashley story

Sunday, September 11, 2016    

Actress Elizabeth Ashley

Greetings from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the air is desert dry, the sky turquoise blue. It’s really quite beautiful, with hot springs, great food, and an incredible history. Native Americans are holding on to their culture and casinos the best way they can. As we come to the end of a six-week shoot here, where I sit in my set chair with my foot up under a mountain of ice, you wouldn’t think that I’d have such a foot-wrenching accident on a golf course. If you had seen j ... Read More



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