“Home Again” a successful investment story
“Home Again,” the 2013 independent film about life after deportation, is a recent example of a successful Trinidad and Tobago investment story. The project was filmed on location in Trinidad by Canadian filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, despite being largely set in Jamaica.
T&T was able to woo the filmmakers away from the larger Caribbean island with attractive investment incentives including a 35 per cent rebate on productions that spend between US$1 to 2 million dollars here. The film has been acclaimed for accurately representing Jamaican ghetto neighbourhoods, and employed over 1,000 locals, including about 80 actors and 50 crew members.
“Home Again” brings together established actors like Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Tatyana Ali, who has roots in T&T through her Trinidadian father, and relative newcomers to the international scene such as Trinidadian actor and filmmaker Ernesto Che Rodriguez. The movie premiered at MovieTowne in Trinidad on April 2, and has since become the highest-grossing local film in the franchise’s history.