Chrissy, the film, is the first family orientated film made in Barbados and will gain followers in all countries of the world as it dominates discussion about bullying at primary schools and the financial divide between the rich and the poor, as evidenced between the social classes of the families featured in this wonderful new film by Marcia Weekes, as she follows on her success of the Hush Trilogy, but this time appealing to a lower age group – but parents and guardians won’t feel left out watching this grand film.
This excellent family film pulls the heart strings so well, that a scene with two mothers, from different sides of the track, meeting – with nothing being said – stole the movie. Throughout, the screenplay by Marcia Weekes, moves along exploring many issues of social life.
The producers have suggested that the theme of the movie is about bullying, but it’s the difference in social standings that you will also take away with you after watching this 90 minute epic.
So what’s it all about?
“Chrissy” is about the triumph of faith and friendship that looks beyond circumstances and appearances and truly sees the heart.
The action takes place in a primary school where many different types of bullying are seen and suggested. However, it’s the bullying from some of the teachers that might worry any young audience that sees this film.
Makalah Harrison is the child star who acts as a young girl from a poor family who finds friendship from across the social divide in actress Cara O’Donnell. They bond with Peter Boyce, who acts as their educator for a spelling bee competition – which they admit to have no chance of winning.
Head teacher, Mac Fingall delivers his lines with perfection, pausing to bring in the audience and then punching with assurance. Sophia Thomas returns to Barbados shores to play a teacher who isn’t one you’re going to remember for all the right reasons. This young lady has really grown up since moving to England to further her acting career.
The producers hope that children will learn from seeing bullying in action and be able to report any personal experiences to their teacher. Hopefully, the bullies will see what they look like and refrain from such unfavourable actions. Also, some teachers may see a little of their own bullying tactics and prejudices that need to be undone so children can learn in a fair and equal school life.
Marcia Weekes and her team can be justifiably proud her their latest local movie, already set to run across Canada, England, the Caribbean and the USA.
Be sure to book your ticket early and don’t forget to take something to wipe your eyes; there won’t be a dry eye in the theatre, but thankfully, there’s enough humour in the screenplay so you can also share your laughter with friends and family.
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