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Movie feature of Joneses coming

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For all those who want to keep up with the Joneses they can do so now with a full length feature film. The popular local TV sitcom, which had a two-season run on CBC-TV, has already started filming as a movie and the working title is Keeping Up With The Joneses – The Movie.
Rommel Hall said the movie will cap off the series storyline and give fans another perspective. There is also the intention to export the film into regional and international markets.Hall said the decision to do a feature length film was due to the lack of adequate sponsorship needed to executea third season.
“Also, in doing the necessary research, we found that a feature length film is more marketable than a television series because we can get it in film festivals all over the world,”?he added.   But still it takes big bucks to do a movie and Hall said they were still having problems with sponsorship.
“It is a challenge. Sadly, many financiers still see film as an expensive hobby and are not willing to take the risk. The success of movies like Hush and Chrissy should prove that there is scope but the powers that be don’t see it.”
Hall said that a movie set needed key people who also have to be paid.
“We have a crew of approximately 13 persons and these include the director, producer, assistant director, director of photography, production sound recorder, production assistant, continuity supervisor, props master, costume designer, hair and make-up artists, key grips and lighting technician.”
The cast he says is still the same: Irving, Angela, Tracy, Nathan, Anderson and Jason (Tracy’s boyfriend).  There will also be appearances from Tracy’s best friends Kiara and Kimberley, Irving’s brother Willis and a few others. “We have also brought on board a wide cross-section of actors to complete the cast,” Hall added.
Filming will take the cast and crew across Barbados from Malvern in St John to Bridgetown. The film will step away from the ‘mockumentary’ style which the show is known for and forge into the realm of the cinematic. It promises to be action-packed and chock-full of the intrigue and humour from the Keeping Up With The Joneses Barbados series.
“We should be finished filming in June and we are aiming for a September release, if all goes well,” said Hall.
The film is written and directed by Hall and is produced by Hall and Shane Holford. Shane is also director of photography and co-executive producer along with Rommel. (NS)
 

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