KENDAL

FEATURE FILM

PRODUCERS:

Rob Maylor

Dayna Wallace

WRITER/DIRECTOR

Gabrielle Blackwood

Based on the worst train crash in history at Kendal, Jamaica, Kendal is set in 1957, British colonial Jamaica.  Winnie, an overworked postal clerk, scores a free ticket on a train for a beach excursion to Montego Bay. Together with her friend Gladys, they join an ill-fated trip with the St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. Amongst dark strangers and street smart new friends, Winne and Gladys innocently traverse the many characters on the train — coming into serious troubles. Sticking together, they navigate thieves and police where no one is who they claim to be. Aided by some new friends, they manage to overcome some dangerous situations, but not without some losses. The train speeds carelessly down and around the mountainous track, eventually de-railing near Kendal. Almost 200 souls perish in this reckless adventure and Winne and Gladys may be amongst them.  

GABRIELLE BLACKWOOD

Gabrielle is an award winning Jamaican Director and Director of Photography who has written, directed and shot short films, documentaries and commercials in both Jamaica and New Zealand. 

Her films have been screened at: the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in LA,  Diversity in Cannes,  LA Film & Script Film Festival (Best Short Doc), The American Black Film Festival, amongst others. 

Gabrielle is a recipient of the Geoff Evans Award for Excellence in Screen Production in New Zealand. 

Her feature screenplay ‘Kendal’ has also been shortlisted for a Sundance Lab and the Screencraft Drama Feature Writing Competition amongst others. Born in Jamaica, Gabrielle is the past immediate President of the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA), a Co-Convenor of Women In Film Jamaica and resides in Kingston as an independent filmmaker.