IndieWire’s blog Shadow and Act features the psychological thriller ‘Little Boy Blue’ made by Trinidadian filmmaker Nicholas Attin.
“Get ready world, here comes Trinidad and Tobago genre cinema!!!”
That’s what the film’s Facebook page boasts, and in watching the director talk about it, he also adds that it’s the first film of this genre to come out of the Southern Caribbean state. Titled Little Boy Blue, the Psychological Thriller, written and directed by Nicholas Attin, centers on a depressed art teacher who becomes the victim of paranormal disturbances after confiscating a strange pendant from an orphaned student.
It’s longer synopsis which gives away more than you might want to know before seeing the film, reads:
Little Boy Blue follows the character of BILL (Kirk Budhooram) a troubled art teacher with a tragic past as he struggles to find happiness.After confiscating a mysterious pendant from the orphaned student GEORGIE-BOY Alex Oliveire), visions of a spectre in white plague Bill’s fitful sleep eventually making the terrifying transition from the world of dreams into reality.Plagued by these unnerving nightmares and slowly losing his tenuous grip on the world around him, the already fractured Bill slowly begins to unravel.It is only through the mysterious death of Georgie-boy,that Bill is forced to recognize the importance of the pendant and the urgency of returning it to its rightful resting place.Dream visions accompanied by the ever present spectre point Bill towards the ominous river and an unwitting partnership with the surly and uncooperative boatman DOUGLAS “GRAPES” DEFREITAS (Kenwyn Francis). Initially a hindrance, once faced by the paranormal threat posed by the apparition in white, Grapes is forced to choose between helping the hapless Bill to return the pendant and suffering the grim fate of Georgie-boy.What awaits them in the dark foreboding swamplands is an unknown fear that will not rest until they return what is hers…
The film stars Kirk Budhooram, Tiva Lee Samaru, Kenwyn Francis, Kevin Maturine, Roger Alexis, Avis Holder, Nicole Attin, Ishmael Ho, Alyssa Oliveire and Alex Oliveire. Little Boy Blue has been on the international film festival circuit and all year, with sales and distribution being handled by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.
It’s director Attin’s feature film debut, and he says, also on the film’s Facebook page, that he made it on a budget of approximately US$1000, with a 2-man crew, all shot on location in Trinidad and Tobago, with an entirely Trinbagonian cast. The definition of hustling. The question is how well the results hold up. I’ll let you all watch and judge for yourselves.