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Trinidad filmmaker petitions for star director

Regional 10 Jan, 2020 Follow News

A Trinidadian filmmaker has launched a petition asking award-winning English filmmaker Sam Mendes to make a film in TT, the home of his grandfather.

The petition on change.org was created by award-winning filmmaker, actor and screenwriter Teneille Newallo (‘The Cutlass’, ‘Bazodee’, ‘Mangroves’).

She said that Mendes recently won the Golden Globe award for Best Director for his film ‘1917’. She pointed out that in his speech Mendes, whose directorial debut ‘American Beauty’ won him the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best director, dedicated the win to his Trinidadian grandfather Alfred Mendes, novelist, short-story writer and World War I veteran.

Sam Mendes also directed the James Bond films ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre’. Newallo said TT filmmakers and actors have been working diligently to make films at an international level, but it is more difficult in TT, as the professionals are cut off from the rest of the film industry. She added that being cut off also made it difficult to get

international representation, which leaves world-class talent unrecognised.

“Additionally, there is not much financial support without an international celebrity attached to a project. We Trinidadians have so many stories to tell that can only be told by Caribbean people living here. We have so much talent to share but we need just one opportunity to break into the international industry.”


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