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Jamaican Cinema’s 2011 Highest Grossing Film 'Ghett’a Life' Back In Canada By Popular Demand

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 19, 2012 at 4:18PM

All you need to know is in the press release below:
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All you need to know is in the press release below:

September 19 2012 – Ghett’a Life showed in Toronto last month to standing ovations at every single screening. Canada wants more Ghett’a Life and the call has been answered! Jamaica’s highest grossing film for 2011 is back, starting September 21 in Ajax, Toronto, Barrie and Waterloo.

Ghett’a Life is an “against the odds” drama set in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Director Chris Browne describes the main character Derrick, as an ‘underground Jamaican Rocky Balboa’. Derrick is a young athlete who literally fights for his dream of being a champion boxer while facing a country, community and family conflicted by a divisive political system.

The film is 100% Jamaican; committed to an authentic depiction of what life is and what life can be in the inner city of Kingston. Director Chris Browne says that was his goal from the beginning. “The story was inspired in Jamaica by Jamaicans. The cast, crew and funding are all Jamaican. It was suggested to me many times that I should cast known, foreign actors to make the film more marketable to the world audience but I wanted this film to feel authentic to the Jamaicans watching it in Jamaica and abroad,” says Browne.

Even before production, the film won an award for Best Script at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. This year, the film won Best International Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival and shared the Jury Award at the Aruba International Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. And most recently, Karen Robinson (who plays the main character’s mother) won a best actress award at the Salento International Film Festival.

Ghett’a Life has enjoyed widespread popularity in Jamaica, running for 12 weeks straight against Hollywood Blockbusters like Transformers 3; Ghett’a Life became the island’s highest grossing film in 2011. “The response in Jamaica was overwhelming. Friends would call me from the cinema and hold up their cell phone at the end of the film so I could hear the audience on their feet cheering and clapping,” says Browne.

Browne says the film’s wild success is likely due to the authenticity of the story. “I believe that the Jamaican audience saw themselves in the film, and like the characters in the film, they want change in their lives. I wanted to make a film about what is happening in downtown Kingston and how it affects the people on a day to day basis. This film is about a boy who struggles to overcome his obstacles to succeed, man against the system, which I feel is a universal theme; something that everyone can identify with.”

Visit www.ghettalifecanada.com for more information.

Buy $10 tickets online at www.ticketgateway.com

September 21 | St. Francis Centre | 78 Church Street South, Ajax | 8pm

September 23 | St. Francis Centre | 78 Church Street South, Ajax | 5pm

September 28 | Toronto Underground Cinema | 186 Spadina Ave, Toronto | 9pm

September 29 | Toronto Underground Cinema | 186 Spadina Ave, Toronto | 9pm

September 30 | Toronto Underground Cinema | 186 Spadina Ave, Toronto | 5pm

October 4 | Uptown Theatre | 55 Dunlop St West, Barrie | 8pm

October 7 | Princess Cinema | 46 King St North, Waterloo | 5pm

Here's the film's trailer:

GHETT'A LIFE : The Movie : Trailer 1 from Ghett'A Life on Vimeo.


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