Sunday 22 April, 2018

Green Days by the River screening exceeds expectations

Barbadians finally got the chance to see a Caribbean classic on screen with the local premiere screening of Green Days by the River as part of the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF). 

It was standing room only at the Limegrove Cinemas last night and patrons definitely were not disappointed when the coming of age story written by Trinidadian, Michael Anthony, came to life on the big screen. 

As is the case with most book to movie adaptations, there were pieces of the plot Trinidadian director, Michael Mooleedhar, was forced to omit but this did not devalue the quality of the film in any way. 

Mooleedhar was able to successfully recreate the setting of the 1952 novel to place viewers right in the action happening on Pierre Hill- from the design of the main character's, Shell, house to the land that he and Mr. Gidharee spent many days working on. Sudai Tafari, who played the character Shell, portrayed the naivete of a 15 year old boy with ease as he brought the viewers along on his journey through the up and downs associated with teenage life. 

Mooleedhar's formula for bringing the lone action scene to life, when Shell was mauled by Mr. Gidharee's dogs, was in no way cheesy or overdone and fit in well with the slow and deliberate pace of the rest of the film. 

The audience reception to the film was testament to the feat Mooleedhar and his team was able to accomplish- transforming one of the region's most well known stories into movie genius- they were fully attentive and responsive to each sullen and entertaining occurrence in Shell's life. 

The film will available for viewing in local cinemas from January 18, 2018.