Friday, January 19, 2018

Grown girls on a T&T getaway


FUN IN THE SUN: Hollywood actresses, from left, Terri Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show), Essence Atkins (Smart Guy), Malinda Williams (Soul Food) and Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) at Maracas beach on Tuesday, shooting a scene for the movie, Grown Girls Getaway. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES.

Mark Fraser

The show is about four friends who take a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate two of their friends’ birthdays. One thing leads to another and they get into a bit of trouble. 

Locals and foreigners alike can boast of the sumptuous cuisine Trinidad and Tobago has to offer but when Hollywood actresses Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show), Terri Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show), Malinda Williams (Soul Food) and Essence Atkins (Smart Guy) savoured the tastes for themselves they were convinced of the joys of Caribbean cuisine.

From doubles to curry crab and dumpling and roti, the Hollywood actresses all felt they were given a true “Trini” welcome. From the hospitality straight down to the tantalising sights and sounds that Trinidad has to offer they expressed their heartfelt thanks for the generosity and warm welcome they received. 

The stars are in town to work on a new film called Grown Girls Getaway written by Cas Sigers. It is a co-production between BobbCat Films and Sigers and Vaughn’s Nina Holiday Entertainment.

The movie will be entirely filmed in Trinidad and Tobago and will feature a number of upcoming local actors and radio personalities such as Jason “JW” Williams, Andrew Friday and Hans De Vignes. Other members of the cast include: Keron Brooks, Russell Wilkinson, Renaldo Frederick, Frances De Lancey, Cecilia Salazar, Michael Sherry and Penelope Spencer.

The movie is directed by Roger Bobb, president of Bobbcat Films of Atlanta, Georgia and produced by Angi Bones, executive VP of Bobbcat Films. Together Bobb and Bones have produced 11 box office hits and a number of hit television shows such as House of Payne and Meet The Browns. Lisa Wickham’s Imagine Media International Ltd is the Trinidad and Tobago production company with Wickham also serving as a producer on the film, along with co-producers Valencia Hawkins and Sherrese Moise. Sheldon Felix, also from Imagine Media International Ltd, is the director of photography for the movie.

The cast and crew were at Maracas Beach on Tuesday, shooting scenes for the film. A small portion of the beach was turned into a Hollywood movie set as locals sauntered by hoping to catch a glimpse of the star-studded beauties. 

The Express caught up with the director, Roger Bobb who gave some insight into the movie. 

“The show is about four friends who take a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate two of their friends’ birthdays. One thing leads to another and they get into a bit of trouble. They all lose their passports and money and end up owing a guy $10,000.”

Grown Girls Getaway is being facilitated by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC), under its rebate programme and is also one of the reasons why Trinidad and Tobago was selected as the site for the movie, Bobb said.

“The show is approximately 90 minutes long and will air in the next two months on TV One,” he said.

The cast and crew have been in Trinidad since June 2 and plan to wrap up filming around June 23.

Wickham noted that Rent-A-Amp, bmobile and Blue Waters have come on board as partners to support the initiative.

She said, “This is all about stimulating the industry for more local films. Home Again introduced our local cast and crew and moving with that momentum we plan to take it to the next level. We want to show that Trinidad and Tobago can be the film capital of the Caribbean.”