The locally-produced short film ‘The Devil You Know,’ premiered to a packed theatre on Saturday, 13 September at Regal Cinemas Camana Bay. Saturday was the only viewing before the film is shown at international film festivals.
The exclusive event was made possible in part by a grant from the Ministry of Culture. As part of Government’s continued policy of encouraging the Cayman Islands’ budding film industry, Minister for Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, Hon Osbourne Bodden, recently presented a $1,000 cheque to the film’s Caymanian co-producers Badir Awe and Trevor Murphy.
Minister Bodden explained that his ministry encourages the development of projects in the artistic and cultural sphere, and that the ministry often refers artists to initiatives such as the Grants for the Art programmes administered by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, and other programmes on offer such as the myriad of supportive programmes offered at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Thanking the Cayman Islands Government, Mr Awe noted that the funds would supplement private sector support.
Written, shot, directed and produced in the Cayman Islands, ‘The Devil You Know’ is a thriller made by an all local cast and crew of 40 people – half being Caymanian.
The film features established actress Abbey Le Cornu as “Vanessa” the female lead character; former Royal Navy physical trainer Ronnie James Hughes as the lead male character, “Bishop”; Lindsay Japal, the reigning Miss Cayman as “Izzy”; business man Matthew Leslie as “Josh”; Julia Flanagan, another established actress who plays “Renee”; actor Hamish Sturgeon as “Alexi” and radio star Kate Macpherson who plays “Rachel”.
Mr Awe said he was immensely proud of the community project that the movie had become. “In the process of creating this movie we have utilised many different types of artists in Cayman: writers, actors, visual artists, technical artists, producers, editors, audio specialists. From young to old, from technical to practical, so many talented artists have contributed in making this film,” he explained.
In addition Mr Awe expressed his hopes for the film to be screened at international festivals, so that Cayman could represent itself on the world stage.
“This is truly a Caymanian film produced by the talented and blessed people of the Cayman Islands,” he confirmed.
Director Trevor Murphy noted the incredible amount of hard work that went into producing The Devil You Know.
“The effort from the cast and crew has been immense,” he said. “So many people have come together to create what will be a fun and entertaining short film. The response from the public in buying tickets shows the faith they have in us to deliver. It’s truly been a team effort and we wouldn’t be at this point without the support from sponsors and community, notably the team at X107.1!”
The premiere event included viewing of the film, as well as never before seen footage of behind the scenes and a full red carpet style after-party where guests received a free drink and mingled with the cast and crew. Sponsors of the world premiere included X107.1, Tower, Gun Bay Vodka, Cayman National, Logic and Dart. The 2014 Miss Cayman Islands contestants also attended, as well as other distinguished guests.