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The recent inductees into the Jamaica Film Academy, all of whom are pioneers in the industry, are expected to create a framework that will guide the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports’ plans to encourage and assist Jamaicans to make more local films about the country’s culture.
“These inductees will now create some guidelines and a framework in which we will develop an industry. We will ensure that we have proper archives and ensure that we are able to bring into the country, the kind of royalties that have been captured outside of our shores. Film is big business, so we intend not just to sell Jamaica as a location, but to sell our own creative work as film-makers,” Minister Olivia Grange told the House of Representatives yesterday (June 17) during her contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate.
She noted that the country’s first ever Reggae Film Festival, which was staged earlier this year and was well-received, had proven that the event should not be an end itself, but should lead to a special initiative to encourage and assist Jamaicans to make their own films. Thus, the creation of the academy, whose inductees include: Chris Blackwell, producer; Carl Bradshaw, actor; Sally Henzell, widow of filmmaker Perry Henzell; Franklyn ‘Chappi’ St. Juste, cinematographer; Trevor Rhone, screenwriter; and Cynthia Wilmot, documentarist.
On another matter, the Minister said night noise was a sore point and some structure had to be put in place to deal with the matter. “We are looking at putting together some recommendations in relation to zoning, so that there will be areas that can be zoned for night noise activities,” she said.