Wright on | Caribbean Beat

Growing up in Guyana, Letitia Wright never imagined a Hollywood career. But after a string of stage and TV roles and early recognition of her talent, her casting in the blockbuster movie Black Panther was the break every actor hopes for, says Caroline Taylor. Published as the cover story in the May/June issue of Caribbean Beat Despite a cast brimming with award-winning Hollywood legends, there … Continue reading Wright on | Caribbean Beat

Night King, R’hollor, ice, and fire questions I hope Game of Thrones will answer

The Night King. The Long Night. The White Walkers.  The wights. R’hollor. The Lord of Light. Magic. Inquiring minds want to know more… During the “long night” that was the nearly two year break between seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones, a friend and I were comparing notes about our favourite — and least favourite — storylines and moments… as well as outstanding questions we had … Continue reading Night King, R’hollor, ice, and fire questions I hope Game of Thrones will answer

Winston Duke (at centre) as M’Baku in Black Panther. © Marvel Studios 2018

Winston Duke: “I’m unfinished” | Caribbean Beat

Tobago-born actor Winston Duke, appearing in the eagerly awaited Black Panther movie, on his love of stories and magical realism, how his village childhood shaped his ethos, and his love of soca music — as told to Caroline Taylor in Caribbean Beat magazine (January/February 2018) I left Tobago when I was about ten years old. My memories of Tobago are of running up and down on the beach, … Continue reading Winston Duke: “I’m unfinished” | Caribbean Beat

The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (July/August 2017) If making films in countries with established industries is gruelling, imagine trying to make them in the Caribbean — where, more often than not, the infrastructure doesn’t exist. Still, auteurs eager to tell Caribbean stories on screen soldier on, often getting boosts from regional festivals like the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), where stronger local … Continue reading The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat

Winston Duke in Person of Interest.

Nine Hollywood actors of Trinidad & Tobago heritage | Discover T&T

Originally written for and published on the Discover Trinidad & Tobago website in 2016. Parts are excerpted from my Caribbean Beat article (2015), featuring 40+ Hollywood actors of Caribbean heritage. There are several actors working in Hollywood with roots in Trinidad and Tobago. Some were born here and migrated as children or young adults. Some are children of Trinbagonian parents. Here are just a few that you may recognise (listed in … Continue reading Nine Hollywood actors of Trinidad & Tobago heritage | Discover T&T

The Apartment: About Last Night

A couple of months ago, I was happy to be part of what hopefully will be another landmark moment in T&T scripted television drama, when the Pauline Mark-led team behind The Apartment: About Last Night shot the pilot movie for what we all hope will be a successful multi-season local TV series. Next month (the week of 2nd September, 2015), it makes its premiere at MovieTowne, with the … Continue reading The Apartment: About Last Night

Caribbean Hollywood | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat Magazine (May/June 2015) It was sixty-five years ago that Cyrano de Bergerac was released, a film that would make Puerto Rican actor José Ferrer the first Caribbean person to win an Oscar (for best actor in a leading role, 1951). He also won a Golden Globe, and a Tony award for the Broadway production, and ultimately donated his Oscar trophy to the University … Continue reading Caribbean Hollywood | Caribbean Beat

“Theatre is life, film is art, TV is furniture”

I think it’s nearly 10 years I’ve been trying to decide whether I agree with this! I first heard it said by Phylicia Rashad on a New York TV station, and I’ve been mulling it ever since. I thought I disagreed with it, actually thinking film was more life-like and theatre more “artful” – at least from the actor’s perspective – but I think I … Continue reading “Theatre is life, film is art, TV is furniture”