Kingston Paradise, awarded Best Diaspora Feature in the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA 2014) and written and directed by Mary Wells, has its theatrical release on June 15, 2016, will screen commercially for the first time to audiences in Jamaica (at Palace Amusement Cinemas and other theaters across the island.) The Jamaica Gleaner reviews:
With a mostly foreboding look and feel, the film’s tight shots follow Rocksy (Chris ‘Johnny’ Daley), a taxi driver and a colourful misguided small-time hustler who journeys to steal a car, while his lady friend, Rosie (Camille Small), dreams for peace that is depicted in a watercolour painting (a beach paradise). As the crime ensues, in reckless desperation, it changes their lives forever as they fight to survive the chaos of their broken dreams and aspirations.
On their journey, the quintessential paradise painting represents what Rosie (and Rocksy) deeply desires, (freedom, choice, equality). But what appears unattainable is just moments away. They are moments away from lifting themselves out of poverty or moments away from being better human beings. Better yet, just moments away from spending a quiet day at the beach; just moments away with no worries or pain, but with dignity and happiness. [. . .]