Ghett’a Life, the much buzzed-about new action drama by respected director Chris Browne of Third World Cop, makes its North American debut on Tuesday, September 13 as part of CaribbeanTales 2011 Toronto Film Showcase. The long-awaited and much-anticipated film will screen at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, at 7:30pm.
Ten years in the making, the wholly Jamaican film, funded by local investors and featuring indigenous talent and music, is a high octane no holds-barred depiction of what life is and can be like in inner city Kingston. The “against-the-odds” drama is set in a politically turbulent community and tells the story of Derrick, a determined teenager, struggling to realize his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family torn apart by divisive politics.
Ghett’A Life, a Jamrock film production, is written and directed by Chris Browne and stars Teddy Price, O’Daine Clarke, Chris McFarlane, Etana and Lenford Salmon. Browne, winner of the Grand Prize at the Hartley Merrill International Screenwriting Competition for Ghett’a Life at Cannes in 2006, has made it his passion to grow a film culture in the Jamaica. Ghett’a Life is his second feature film – his Third World Cop, released in 1999, still holds the record as the largest grossing Jamaican film of all time.
The CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, among other goals, aims to raise the international profile of Caribbean film, support the growth of a vibrant world-class Caribbean film and television industry, and serve as a platform for promoting the Caribbean as a premier warm weather travel destination and location for film production.
Now in its sixth year, the 2011 Toronto Film Showcase, and the recently introduced Market Incubator, returns from September 7 to 17, 2011, engaging families, youth, community groups, and the celluloid industry in a program that includes workshops, screenings, networking sessions, and other activities all celebrating the burgeoning film and television sector in the Caribbean.
Many exciting films will be screened during the 10-day showcase which also features a market access incubator for Caribbean filmmakers, including Antigua’s The Skin, a mythological thriller that draw on Caribbean mythology, that will have its Red Carpet Launch on Friday 16th September.
The CaribbeanTales Film Showcase is co-produced with the Harbourfront Centre, and partners include Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival, The Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, First Fridays, Green Light Artist Management, the International Development Research Centre, Pennant Media Group, Planet 3 Entertainment, Taffe Entertainment, Toon Boom Animation, the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services at the University of the West Indies, and WHATZHAPPNG.
For tickets, the schedule and general information about the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase and Market Incubator, visit www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/
Trailer available here:
Ghett’a Life: http://www.ghettalifethemovie.co