BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Monday, November 30, 2015
THE Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads was packed to capacity last Friday for the premiere of the film Jamaican Mafia.
|Members of the cast of Jamaican Mafia at the premiere at |
Carib 5 on Friday. From left: Stokley Brown, Mykal Fax, Jaun Bennett,
Craig Brown, Michelle ‘D’Angel’ Downer, and Paul Campbell.
(PHOTO: Kenyan Hemans)
A joint production between Donzo Productions, Kingston 11 Films and Yaad Boiz Films Productions, it was filmed in New York. Jamaican Mafia tells the story of Zoolian Anderson (played by Mykal Fax), a car salesman who quits his job for life in the fast lane with his uncle Soljie (played by Paul Campbell), head of an organisation known as Jamaican Mafia.
A number of well-known entertainment personalities appear in the film. They include Irie Jam Radio's Robert 'Bobby' Clarke, Linkup Media and Fiction Fantasy boss David 'Squeeze' Annakie, singjay Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer, dancer John Bling, music executive Johnny Wonder and singer Martina.
The film got the thumbs-up from some patrons.
"Yuh know how long wi want one a dem kinda film ya? It is well put together and mi enjoy every moment of it," said dancer Keiva.
Deputy mayor of May Pen, Uphell Purchell, said Jamaican Mafia shows that there is a future for the local film industry.
"I think Jamaica has been seeing some future in movies. With the development process that's coming too, it's really something that will enhance Jamaica. This, of course, will help to build the economy," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Fax is happy the movie lived up to its pre-premiere hype.
"This is my passion, and once you have the passion you can't go wrong. I'm just glad to see the movie has lived up to the hype because the adrenaline rush is so high right now," he said.
Fax, who co-produced the film, also handled casting and wrote the screenplay.
"Once I saw the characters and each person who came to audition, I knew right away who was right for what role. I chose the cast right away," he explained.
Hannah Town-raised actor Stokley Brown, who plays Massop, describes his role as an easy fit. more