Watch The Trailer For Funny, Off-Beat Short Film “Ackee And Saltfish”
Just last week, Charing was lamenting the fact that most of the films featuring predominately Black casts have been sub-par, a reworking of White or mainstream movies with faces of color. She wrote that she hadn’t seen nuanced, complex and Black characters since Medicine for Melancholy.
Well, there might be a bit of a solution on the horizon in the form of the release from this new UK short film called Ackee and Saltfish. The film, which is set to be released online later this summer, takes on a free-form type of plot where a majority of the action comes from conversation between the two leading characters, best friends Olivia and Rachel.
The trailer for the film was released recently and in addition to being humorous and intriguing, it reminds me quite a bit of something that would happen on an episode of “Seinfield.”
The plot is quite simple. The two friends, played by Michelle Tiwo and Vanessa Babirye, go out to get some food after Rachel forgets to soak the saltfish. Our West Indian readers know how egregious an offense that is. On their way to get the food, the two talk about everything from celebrity crushes, wanting to be adopted by Solange. And they also play games which highlight their individual personalities.
For those of you who are wed to plot, just take a look at the trailer below.