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Kingston Book Festival Gets Cinematic

Parish Bull directed by Michael Tingling

The Kingston Book Festival has added a night celebrating film to its 2013 line-up of events. The festival’s Film Night, slated to take place at Redbones the Blues Cafe on Monday, March 4, 2013, will feature flicks from across three generations of Jamaican filmmaking with Smile Orange, Parish Bull and Country of the One-Eyed God.

KBF 2013 takes place under the theme ‘Celebrating the Arts’ and the film night is one of the events throughout the week which draws attention to the linkages between publishing and the different art forms.

The film night will play tribute to the late Trevor Rhone who is one of the Jamaica’s most successful screenwriters and one of the country’s few playwrights who have been published. Rhone wrote and directed Smile Orange (1974) which came shortly after the Jamaica’s seminal film The Harder They Come (1972) which Rhone had co-authored with the film’s director Perry Henzell. Smile Orange has also been staged and published in it’s play format.

The night of films will also feature a special screening of Parish Bull one of the short films comprising the anthology film Ring Di Alarm produced by New Caribbean Cinema. Parish Bull is written by Kurt Wright and directed by Michael ‘Ras Tingle’ Tingling. The film stars Christopher Hutchinson and is loosely based on the legends arising from the famous Kendal Crash. The full feature version of Ring Di Alarm will have its Jamaican premiere in the upcoming months. The film has however received kudos at screenings in the UK.

Country of the One-Eyed God directed by Chris Browne (Ghetta Life). Country of the One-Eyed God is an adaptation of Olive Senior’s short story of the same name. The film stars Paul Campbell before his rise to stardom in Dancehall Queen and Third World Cop.

The Kingston Book Festival, organized by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, begins March 2, 2013 and will feature readings, tours, panel discussions, and workshops throughout the period at different locations across the city. The festival closes on Sunday March 10 at the National Gallery of Jamaica for the closing of the 2012 National Biennial of Jamaica.