Shortly before my thirtieth birthday, I decided to apply for The Carl Foreman Award organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). All entrants had to be British, under 30 years old, and submit a full-length screenplay with a completed application form. The winner of the competition would receive a bursary for six months of study at a leading US film school specialising in screenwriting.
I recently took the opportunity of visiting Jamaica after an absence of nearly 33 years to check on the Resaerch Centre and Banana Breeding Station, Bodles, where I grew up and that my cousin Reynold Gonsalves (Ren) managed from 1952 until his untimely death in 2001.
We take the old roads from Kingston to Old Harbour, avoiding the new Super Highway, a journey of about ninety minutes by car.