'They Call Me Barrington' to be released next year
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Lennie Little-White believes that culture is foundation, and throughout his career, the film-maker has profiled many outstanding Jamaicans, including Rex Nettleford and Perry Henzell, who dedicated their lives to ensuring the development of the country's cultural landscape. His latest project will continue that legacy, as Little-White has found a new subject of focus in master painter Barrington Watson.
In an interview with The Gleaner, Little-White revealed that the decision to make Watson one of his key subjects was an easy one. "Watson has done so much for art and, by extension, Jamaican culture. Not only did he establish himself as an artist, but he did so on an international level, allowing Jamaica to stand out among the best on the world stage."
The film, titled They Call Me Barrington, is set to be completed early next year, but Little-White revealed that he had hoped for an earlier completion. Highlighting that funding was a major obstacle, the filmmaker revealed that this project, like the one featuring Nettleford, is self-funded. "I am doing this film out of my pocket and it costs," he said. "Still, I am not focused on how much money it will cost me, but rather on the bigger picture, which is highlighting those individuals who have built our culture. This will be my contribution."
They Call Me Barrington will tell the painter's life story, his struggles and triumphs. It will feature some family members, as well as close friends, and even feature footage shot over 15 years ago. The film is expected to be just under a hour long in duration. "We are hoping to have it done before Black History Month next year, because that's when the local television stations usually show it," Little-White said. In addition to being aired on both local television stations, there are plans to have the film's debut showing at the Carib Theatre in Cross Roads, and it will also be made available for viewing on YouTube."
The film is part of a trilogy which is set to feature the life of Louise Bennett-Coverley in its final installation.
Barrington Watson was born in Lucea, Hanover, in 1931. Although he rose to popularity playing football for Kingston College, Watson's true calling was art, and he left Jamaica to pursue that dream at the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to Jamaica in the early 1960s.