New Film ‘Calloused Hands’ selected to open the 2013 British Urban Film Festival

By Andre Bagoo Saturday, July 27th, 2013 Categories: Film, Updates

Andre Bagoo reports for Newsday on the film ‘Calloused Hands’, which has been selected to open the showcase of the 2013 British Urban Film Festival.


A FILM produced by Trinidadian London-based producer Ann Marie Goodwin has been selected to open the showcase of the 2013 British Urban Film Festival. The film, Calloused Hands, a coming of age drama set in Florida, will screen at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square on Friday September 6.


The film stars Andre Royo from HBO’s The Wire and centres on the story of a boy, Josh, from Miami (played by Luca Oriel in an incredible breakout performance) with aspirations to be a baseball player. Josh overcomes much to forge his own path in life after his long-lost grandfather Solomon (Hans Howes, who appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood) insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah. The drama, which also stars Daisy Haggard (from Showtimes’ Episodes), tackles difficult material but is an assured and moving debut from director Jesse Quiñones.

Calloused Hands has already been selected to screen at other festivals such as the Miami International Film Festival (where it first premiered in March), Film London’s LUFF Breakthrough Strand, the Rhode Island Film Festival and Reel Screen. Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the film which is planned for a ten-city theatrical release to be followed by a TV, digital and DVD roll-out in 2013.

Calloused Hands is produced by Andre Royo, Goodwin, Danny Mendoza, and Quiñones.

Goodwin is an award winning BBC trained producer/director who has worked with all of the leading UK terrestrial channels including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Channel 5. She has also worked with several cable and satellite channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, Living and Sky One. She has 20 years experience in the industry, and has carved out a reputation as a tenacious producer able to develop ideas for commission as well as source funding for independent media projects and short films.

Goodwin has served as Executive Producer on numerous documentary programmes such as Caribbean Cops, an eight-part documentary on crime in the Caribbean region including Trinidad and Tobago which screened on Virgin 1 in 2008; Britain’s Next Top Model; the award winning short film The Cable, and Woolfcub Production’s upcoming documentary Shoeshine Girls of Bolivia, which has been awarded a grant from National Geographic.

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Andre Bagoo
Andre Bagoo

Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and writer. He is the author of Trick Vessels and BURN, which was longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. His poetry has appeared at journals such as Almost Island, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Caribbean Review of Books, St Petersburg Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. He was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize by The Caribbean Writer in 2017. Pitch Lake, his third book, is published next month by Peepal Tree Press. Photo credit: Marlon James.