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Portie Film Festival returns

Monday, October 29, 2018

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The eighth staging of Cinema Paradise: Portie Film Festival, presented by Great Huts Resort, will run from November 1 to 4 at venues in the Corporate Area and Port Antonio.

The event was conceived by Great Huts owner and designer Dr Paul Rhodes in 2000 to showcase frocentric and Jamaican films in a backdrop setting of paradise. The organisers are pleased that what started out as a small community event of free screenings of documentaries to share important films in the hopes of educating guests about Jamaica's ancestry has now morphed into a major event

The festival kicks off with a screening of Countryman - one of Jamaica's early feature films. This will be hosted by Film Commissioner Renee Robinson, and Rhodes.

Actor Carl Bradshaw, writer Ann Margaret Lim and film-maker Lennie Little-White will lead discussions after the screening that will be moderated by journalist and critic Annie Paul. This will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew on November 1.

The panellists and other cast members such as Munair Zacca and Shuko, the daughter of title character Countryman, will help stir dicussion regarding the film. Countryman's wife recently passed, which makes this event a tribute to not only the movie, but the man about whom the film was made. The proceeds of the screening will benefit the Eira Shrader Home for the Aged.

The organisers had originally planned a cast reunion of the 1988 film Cocktail to bring back some of the principals including star Tom Cruise back to Portland after 30 years, but the plans to bring the major actors in failed to materialise.

“We made a valiant attempt to bring Tom Cruise and all of the cast back to Jamaica for our finale event on November 4. One of the female actresses in Cocktail truly tried her best to assist us in finalising all of the arrangements and it was looking very positive. Our hope is that our fans will still come out and celebrate this 30th anniversary,” said festival director Vivene Levison.

Another film shot in Portland, Club Paradise, will be celebrated with a tribute to the late Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole. The highlight will be a discussion with local cast and crew members peppered with anecdotes and stories of behind-the-scenes stories. Moderator Douglas Reid, who was Robin Williams' extra on set, leads the discussion panel.

Other weekend highlights include the Jamaican premiere of the short films in the Government-driven Propella programme for 2018 on Saturday, November 3, at Great Huts Resorts. A dub music party with a performance by Teflon Zincfence will form part of this presentation.

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