Antigua & Barbuda Celebrates Wendy Movie Premiere

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Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the theatrical release of Wendy, the latest film by Beasts of the Southern Wild award-winning Director Behn Zeitlin that was partially filmed in the twin-island destination.

Wendy is an American fantasy drama film, intended to be a re-imagining of J.M Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” that takes place in an exciting and breathtaking new setting. Premiered at Sundance, in this new version, “Wendy and her brothers come from a working family. Raised amongst dinner plates and diner patrons, the children have an itch for the adventurous and slightly mischievous. After long nights watching trains rattle by their bedroom window, the kids are whisked away by a mysterious boy named Peter. A long journey taken on faith lands them on Peter’s island. There they discover a wild new world, one without grown-ups and suspended in time. Reveling in their youthfulness and sprawling freedom satisfies the kids at first, but nostalgia for their lives left behind seeps in. When threats to their eternal childhood develop, Wendy is tasked with saving herself, her brothers, and the other island children with the most powerful tool she has: love for her family.”

 

Scenes for Wendy were filmed at scenic islet and natural attraction Hell’s Gate and various locations in Antigua and Barbuda, and the titular character of Peter Pan is played by Yashua Mack, a young Antiguan with no prior acting experience. Discovered by Benh Zeitlin, Yashua’s performance is being hailed by critics and plays a key part of the transcendent experience of the film.

To celebrate the worldwide release Antigua and Barbuda is inviting viewers to discover the allure of Peter Pan’s island shown in Wendy, and see firsthand why this Caribbean destination was chosen as the magical playground setting. “Antigua and Barbuda and all of her natural wonders and topography is on full display in the wondrous world of Wendy. We are excited to have Antigua and Barbuda brought to life across movie screens around the world on such a large scale. We are incredibly proud of Yashua Mack and his performance as Peter Pan and invite viewers to come see Peter Pan’s home firsthand,” shared The Honorable Charles Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, on the theatrical premiere.

 

Wendy is scheduled to be released on February 28, 2020, by Searchlight Pictures in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, with expanding release throughout March. A red-carpet event premiering the movie in Antigua will take place in March at the Hodges Bay Resort and Spa, hosted by Director Benh Zeitlin, Antigua Producer Bert Kirchner and the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism. To find out more about Antigua and Barbuda and why it was chosen as the fantastical home of Peter Pan and the lost boys go to  www.visitantiguabarbuda.com today.

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  1. Imagine that boy Rock Head thinking the reference was made that place close to Dickenson Bay Road. Saying about how he missed out.

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Inasmuch as phenoms are active, dynamic, and diverse in our society, the Afrocentric method requires the scientists to focus on accurate notations and recording of space and time. In fact, the best way to apprehend location of a text is to determine where the researcher is located in time and space first. Once you know the location and time of the researcher or author it is fairly easy to establish the parameters for the phenom itself. The value of etymology, that is, the origin of terms and words is in the proper identification and location of concepts. The Afrocentrist seeks to demonstrate clarity by exposing dislocations, disorientations, and decenterness. One of the simplest ways of accessing textual clarity is through etymology.” – Dr. Molefi Asante, Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change!

    After being shown the vision, strategy and proposed tactical actions in 2014, at one of the most Famous Rum Bars along the Caribbean Highway, it came to fruition! Congrats to the visionaries, champions and agents!

    In this the International Decade For People of African Descent 2015 – 2024, We must always remain vigilant and not permit our Marking, our Cultural Sites, Symbols, our Special Bonds to the Land, Personal Heroes of Afro Caribbean History and Cultural Boundaries around a particular Cultural Space in Human Time, to be appropriated!

    What’s Up With “Hell’s Gate!” This mere voice in the Wilderness did not ask this assessment and evaluative question for a week! The name is now trending in cyberspace! Clearly we are seen as green and black lobsters quietly enjoying the warm water as it slowly boils and we become delectably red to our detriment! Why empower the North Atlantic member of the diplomatic corps and his cadre of fantasy adventurers to modify our ancestral, cultural, emotional, psychological and historical referent point!

    “Hell’s Gate!” Oh Gad! Have Mercy Pon Us!

    From Annys Cove to Tonnies Cove to Hog Hole to Devil’s Bridge – “Myths tie all relationships together, whether personal or conceptual. It is the Afrocentrist’s task to determine to what extent the myths of society are represented as being central to or marginal to society. This means that any textual analysis must involve the concrete realities of lived experiences, thus making historical experiences a key element in analytica Afrocentricity.” Dr. Molefi Asante!

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