Jamaica’s highest grossing box office hit Ghett’A Life which enjoyed a 26-screen UK theatrical release in 2012, will be released on DVD and VOD in North America in 2013.
World sales agent Jinga Films has struck a deal with MVD to release the physical DVD on February 19th with Gravitas Ventures exploiting digital rights soon after.
Associate produced by former world heavy weight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, with a soundtrack featuring Damian Marley and Shaggy, Ghett’A Life follows Derrick, a ghetto teenager who dreams of being an olympic boxing champion, but the only gym capable of training him is situated in a rival part of town, and his attempts to cross enemy lines soon descends into a spiral of violence.
“Ghett’A Life has all the ingredients necessary to appeal to the core home video market in North America” said Jinga’s Julian Richards. “It’s a straight from the streets bullet fest with a terrific soundtrack and an uplifting feel good ending”.
The film is the second feature from Jamaican director Chris Browne (Third World Cop) and was produced by Justine Henzell, daughter of Perry Henzell (The Harder They Come).
The screenplay recieved The Hartley Merril Award at Cannes Film Festival in 2006 before going into production in 2010. Since completion in 2011, it has won Best Film at Aruba International Film Festival, Best International Film at San Francisco Black Film Festival and Best Carribean Film at Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.