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september 27,2010 Local Film Preview Better Mus’ Come Bianca Bartley: All That Glitters What We Are Talking About

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Sometimes following your heart is all you need to do and that is exactly what Bianca Bartley has done, after discovering she was able to work magic with her hands. Lo and behold “Peace-is of Bianca” is born, adorning the likes of Miss Universe runner up Yendi Phillipps. Your Style caught up with Storm Saulter, writer and producer of the long-awaited and upcoming local movie “Better Mus Come”. Start your Monday off right with a literary feast.

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BETTER MUS’ COME Storm Saulter, writer and director of Better Mus’ Come

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ne day, things will improve. Well, that’s according to Storm Saulter, writer and director of the highly anticipated locally-produced film “Better Mus’ Come”, which opens in theatres on October 13. Asked about the origins and inspiration behind the name, Saulter said the phrase was popular, inspiring a flurry of songs over the years. “There have been countless songs, the original being Delroy Wilson’s, as far as I know, which was taken up as the political slogan for the People’s National Party (PNP) in 1972,” he said.

The film business is a risky business. It takes a long time to see your returns. Sometimes I find that private investors are yet to understand the potential of film, hence we will have to show them.

Better Mus’ Come is a very common and recurring phrase in our culture. It is used by almost every Jamaican and for varied reasons, regardless of one’s socio-economic background. It is really about hanging on to the hope that all things will be better tomorrow. And this is what Saulter tried to capture in the film, which is set in 1970s Jamaica, highlighting the political turmoil occurring at the time. The slogan spans over 30 years and leads us to the question: Has better come since that time? Some Jamaicans like to pretend that the 1970s had never happened, primarily due to the extent of the politically associated crime and violence, while others put it on the forbidden list of things to talk about. Saulter was not deterred by

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Better Mus’ Come opens in theatres locally on October 13

this and decided to lay it all on the line with this project. He feels that maybe by examining that period, we would be better able to understand some things that are currently taking place in our society. “Better Mus’ Come” is a serious story that Saulter does not want to be taken lightly. The film chronicles a controversial event in Jamaican history, the Green Bay Massacre of 1978. The plot captures the exploits of a young man, Ricky, who is played by Sheldon Shepherd. Ricky is a community don and natural born leader with a good heart, in an environment where the only way to lead is through violent actions. He however, doesn’t want his son to follow in his footstep. With this and other issues, the film explores matters such as love, loyalty and the desire for a new life, shining the spotlight on several local rising stars who have never been on the big stage before. With the recent invasion of Tivoli Gardens and the ending of a three-month long State of Emergency, many believe that this is too sensitive of an issue, but Saulter and producer Paul Bucknor are hoping that the film will be supported by the people. While private investors are just starting to pay attention to the film industry in Jamaica, Saulter is still pressing on. “The film business is a risky business; it takes a long time to see your returns. Sometimes I find that private investors are yet to understand the potential of film, hence we will have to show them,” explained the graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, who believes that all is not lost and that they are starting to wake up to the reality. After three years in the making, “Better Mus’ Come” should be well worth the wait, proving to be a treat for audiences everywhere. your style eZine


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Bianca Bartley All That Glitters “I don’t like something that is normal, I like to use different elements and do things that are out of the ordinary. In general, I try to make things very unique or keep the numbers very minimal so that I don’t have two people walking around in the same creation.”

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s a child, Bianca Bartley was always very creative with her hands. No doubt, growing up with four sisters ensures a certain need to be inventive, since it can be quite costly to maintain such a large household. Through the years, Bartley was always “reconstructing old clothes” or making some fancy handbags, and though she might not have gone on to making handbags for a living, she was always an artist at heart. This is what led her to what she’s doing today - jewellery making. Peace & Piece The name “Peace-is of Bianca” may have happened by coincidence but it is by no means a mistake. “In general, I’m a very poor speller and I like to spell things how I hear it; so initially I wanted to use the word ‘piece’ but ‘peace’ seemed more fitting at the time,” she said. After much deliberation, she decided to stick with the latter, as it was a true representation of her jewellery. With each creation, she believes that she not only gives ‘peace’ to a customer, but also a ‘piece’ of herself. “It’s funny, but I’ve always hated my name and I as I

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got older I liked it and just always wanted something with it because I thought of it as a brand, not to be vain or anything,” she laughed. Her handcrafted jewellery depicts the unique daredevil and exploratory nature that has come to define who she is. “I love when people actually love what I make. At times, I say to myself “really?” when someone would give me a compliment about a piece,” she said. A piece of jewellery can take as little time as three hours to create or as long as three days, depending on the artistry of the creation. “I don’t like something that is normal, I like to use different elements and do things that are out of the ordinary. In general, I try to make things very unique or keep the numbers very minimal so that I don’t have two people walking around in the same creation,” she explained. While earrings sell faster, her favourite piece of jewellery to create is a necklace, however, that doesn’t mean that she puts less effort into any of her creations. your style eZine


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Achievements She still remembers how emotional she was when she first saw someone in public, wearing a pair of earring she made. “She said it’s her favourite earring and she wore them everywhere,” explained Bianca. “Peace-is of Bianca” has made several custom pieces for Miss Universe 2010 first runner up, Yendi Phillipps that went perfectly with her wardrobe for the pageant. “I got a call from Kerry-Ann Clarke out of the blue, who I had met before and she liked my jewellery, saying that she was doing (styling) Yendi for Miss Universe Pageant and that she wanted some jewellery,” said Bartley. It was an offer that she happily accepted and created an entire line for Phillipps. This has opened many doors for her, and her jewellery has been receiving rave reviews locally. Her pieces are available exclusively at Kerry manwomanhome. “I’m very happy, I couldn’t have been happier,” she said.

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It is no surprise that the past student of St. Andrew High School became an entrepreneur, making exquisite pieces of jewellery for everyone to enjoy. The graduate of The University of the West Indies with a degree in Psychology proves that there is no stopping the talents and spirits that burn within an artist. There is no doubt that her craftsmanship speaks for her. Bianca is just blossoming into her own, so be on the lookout for a lot more from this extremely talented young lady. “I want to be a global brand, because there are many pieces and many types of art that I do and want to share with the world, my eclectic jewellery is just one aspect,” she said smiling.

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Information Minister Daryl Vaz, has expressed his interest in the General Secretary position in the party, despite the fact that current General Secretary Karl Samuda, is yet to state whether he will be vacating the post. This leaves many to ponder if this is due to contradictory remarks about Harold Brady still being a member of the party. The story unfolds….

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