|Written by Christian Hofverberg|
|Saturday, 20 June 2009 21:12|
Acting is a liberating process
With his Jamaican roots and the experience of growing of up in a troubled neighborhood in Toronto, actor Michael Miller had no problem relating to the scenes in the film “A winter tale”. On his visit to this year’s CinemAfrica Film Festival he graced Urbanlife with an interview.
In the movie “A winter tale” the 29-year old actor plays the character DX, who is caught up in the dangers that life in the projects offer. A social worker called Gene, played by Peter Williams, tries to keep DX on the right path. But both Gene and DX are forced to deal with the problems of drugs and violence as the aftermath of an innocent boy being shot throws the community in to an explosive state.
- It was easy to relate to the character and the whole script, partly because of my own background but also because the technique and method that Frances-Anne Solomon has in her direction of the film. The dialogue is loosely improvised; she then takes that and refines it. It’s a very liberating process to go through and I hope that I can make films like that constantly, he tells us.
This experience, as in the makings of “A winter tale”, was one Michael Miller wished he would have had before he played in the 50 Cent movie “Get rich or die trying”. He thinks that would have given him the opportunity to fight for his character, Dangerous, a little bit more. Having said that though, he still feels satisfied with his performance in that movie.
Going back to his relations to “A winter tale” in his own life, Michael Millers tells us a little bit of what he does as a youth worker in James’ Street, the neighborhood were he’s born and raised.
- I volunteer and do a lot of things in my own personal community but I also work within the same public housing agency, in the child abuse department. One of the most important things that we do is that we’re trying to raise the awareness in the community about African history and the great heritage that black people have.
Visiting Sweden for the first time and CinemAfrica Film festival for the first time as well, Michael Miller is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about African film and to experience a new country. But like Urbanlife he wishes that more of the younger members of the Afro-Swedish community would turn up to watch the wide amounts of films being showed in the festival.
- I think that you need to advertise more, but when I say advertisement I don’t mean expensive television commercials, I mean innovative web work with lots of free samples. You also have to go in to the communities where the Afro-Swedish youth lives and present some of the films that are being screened, he concludes.
One of those films could very well be “A winter tale”.