By Mel Cooke – The Online Jamaica Star, June 23, 2010
Fans of ‘kickers’ are used to seeing voice overs of films that are not in sync, where what is being said in English does not quite match the movements of the characters’ mouths.
On Monday night, however, as the hour got late at the 2010 Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) film night, held at Redbones Blues Café, 1 Argyle Road, New Kingston, there was a showing of a martial-arts film voice over of a very different kind, Twin of Twins replacing the dialogue with their own.
It was not just a matter of replacing the dialogue, carrying through the original meaning in another language, but adjusting the plot. And the Twins used the voices of Roundhead, Mutabaruka, Julian and Bob Marley, among others, thereby recasting the characters.
Not surprisingly, the short film, a sampling of things to come in November 2010, is rated ‘NP’ – No Pickney. There are adjustments to come, as what was shown was stamped ‘The Really, Really, Really Ruff Kut”.
Before the clip was shown, director Bruce Hart explained that he is developing a style of filmmaking utilising already existing material. After the screening, throughout which there were hoots of laughter from the audience (which declined as the evening wore on), he said it was “a way to make a film with no money at all … . I knew that Twin of Twins are funny … . They are very, very intelligent”.
In terms of marketing, Hart spoke about the black market and companies embedding their products in the content in a non-invasive way. He also mentioned midnight screenings at cinemas. However, Hart did add that “basically, we have censorship issues”.
“It is mimicking the dancehall culture in every way. But that is the intention, to keep it with the culture that is driving Jamaica forward or backward, as you see it.”
The ‘forward’, as in a sign of approval, was unmistakable on Monday night. And while no negative responses were voiced, there are sure to be those who disapprove of ‘Ching Pow’, what with ‘Bob Marley’ saying “no say nutten! I a go look one piece a Chiney brush” when the need is on. In a sex scene, there are many compliments on the standard of the woman’s vagina (“You have the will you marry nuh”) and the man declares: “God believe me, me nah lef’ yu till Shebada tun gal.”
Among the high humour points were one character telling another, “Yu know why I don’t murder you now? The script say you don’t dead till the last part”. And also the declaration of badness: “Check me out pon Facebook.www.youagodead.com!”
At one point in a sex scene, the woman asks the man, “Whe yu a do, stop?” To which the man replies, “No. Da part ya name cool an deadly.”
‘Ching Pow’ was very different from the rest of the short films – that were shown on Monday night at Redbones. Among the films were the reggae juggler from Bull Bay in a Character series, a look at the cruise ship-based supposed development of Falmouth, Dinner Jacket and Coast and Missed, both from the New Caribbean Cinema group.