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7th edition: 11 April - 15 April 2018

Jean of the Joneses (2017 Feature Film)

Stella Meghie | USA, Canada | 2016 | 82 min | English | n.s.

The return of a relative feared lost – and his death a few seconds later – forms the start of a difficult family reminiscence in this intelligent, promising debut about the lives of five outspoken women from a dysfunctional Jamaican-American family.

“Why does everything have to be about slavery and poverty”, sighs the writer Jean Jones, the neurotic, conceited yet ever-charming descendant of a middle-class Jamaican-American family from New York. While wrestling with expectations about her latest book, announced as “the next quintessential black experience”, her life has been side-lined. Her boyfriend has suddenly told her that he needs time and space, as a result of which she is homeless. A dinner with her eternally squabbling mother, aunts, and grandma then turns into a tragedy thanks to the unexpected appearance of her grandpa, who dies in the doorway before he’s even had time to explain his arrival.
Inspired by Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, Meghie steers her humorous and bittersweet debut skilfully along the well-trodden paths of similar family comedies, sketching an appealing portrait of five modern women, each wrestling in their own way with their ambitions, their weaknesses, and the men in their lives.

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:10

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 7 April 2017

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:13

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 9 April 2017

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:09

Year in Festival
Stella Meghie
Kris Belchevski
Taylour Paige
Sherri Shepherd
Erica Ash
Michelle Hurst
Mamoudou Athie
Francois Arnaud
Gloria Reuben
Aren Hansen
82 min
Robi Botos
Stella Meghie
Amos Adetuyi
Floyd Kane
Production Company
Circle Blue Films
Production Design
Helen Kotsonis
Creative Artists Agency
Stella Meghie
Year of Production
Stella Meghie

The Canadian Stella MEGHIE was educated in screenwriting at the University of Westminster in London. The short film Recovering Undercover Over Lover (2012) was her directorial debut. Her first feature is Jean of the Joneses (2016), which won her Showtime’s Tony Cox Award in screenwriting.


Recovering Undercover Over Lover (2012, short), Jean of the Joneses (2016)