Here's a casting update on that new Sudz Sutherland/Tatyana Ali, feature film project I told you about a few weeks ago, titled Home Again.
But first, a recap… the film will center on…
… three adults raised as outsiders from childhood and deported from Canada, the U.S. and London, England to Jamaica, where they were born. The three deportees find they have to fight for survival in a Jamaica where family support, friends and shelter is elusive, but where ultimately hope and the human spirit emerges.
The Canadian-produced feature, Sudz's second, will shoot on location in Trinidad, Jamaica and Canada, starting this month.
Today, I've been informed of a bit more about the project, so here ya go:
First – it's being described as "a searing drama in the vein of City of God" (major comparison there);
Second – a longer description of the film reads:
Home Again tells the story of three young people deported home to Jamaica after being raised abroad since infancy. Once landed in Kingston and without a compass of any kind, each of the characters embarks on a journey that pushes their endurance beyond measure and forces them to discover who they truly are. On the most fundamental level, Home Again asks the question, How would you survive?
A story based in fact, the script was inspired by international government practice of deporting incarcerated landed immigrants to rid itself of unwanted population. The issue is a particularly difficult problem in Jamaica where the deportee population outnumbers the prison population by three times, where there are little to no resources to help deportees establish new lives, and where the deportees are largely blamed for the serious violence. Jamaica has the third highest per capita murder rate in the world that rocks the country.
Third – in addition to Tatyana Ali, Home Again will also star Lyriq Bent, Stephan James, Richard Chevolleau, C.C.H. Pounder, and Fefe Dobson.
Fourth – producers say it's a passion project for director Sudz, that the material is "really tough," and that the actors are "going to be delving into incredibly difficult emotional terrain."
And lastly – Entertainment One has distribution rights to the film, and the film is produced with co-production partners The National Film Board and with the participation of Telefilm Canada, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.
An offer for an interview with director Sudz has been made which I'll take advantage of, so whenever that happens, you'll see it.
In the meantime, now you know.