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Play the Devil

by Maria Govan

Trinidad & Tobago/Bahamas/USA 2016, 92 min.

A young man torn between reality and opportunity

Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James - an act which will culminate in life changing events for him.



Jury Award for Best Feature Film - qFLIX Philadelphia 2016
Youth Jury Award for Best Film, Best Trinidad + Tobago Feature Film (ex aequo) - Trinidad + Tobago FF 2016
Best Female Feature Director - Woodstock FF 2016
Best Screenplay and a Honorable Mention - Nashville FF 2017
Best Performance in a lead role (Petrice Jones) - KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FF 2017
Best Feature Film - MIX Copenhagen 2017


World Premiere: Los Angeles FF 2016
qFLIX Philadelphia 2016
Trinidad & Tobago IFF 2016
Woodstock FF 2016
TWIST Seattle Queer FF 2016
International Premiere: Stockholm IFF 2016
Asian Premiere: Kolkata IFF 2016
Polish Premiere: Camerimage FF 2016
Havana IFF 2016
The Island House FF 2017
Reelout FF 2017
Toronto Black FF 2017
Belgrade IFF 2017
Cleveland IFF 2017
Panama IFF 2017
​Minneapolis St. Paul IFF 2017
Nashville IFF 2017
​Filmfest DC 2017
MiFo LGBT FF Miami 2017
New York African FF 2017
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FF 2017
Zlin FF 2017
DC Caribbean FF 2017
TWIST Tops! Best-of-TWIST Seattle Queer FF 2017
Damn These Heels 2017
Vancouver Queer FF 2017
San Juan IFF 2017
Scottish Queer IFF 2017
Third Horizon Caribbean FF 2017
New Orleans FF 2017
Mix Copenhagen 2017
Holebi FF 2017
Pan African FF Los Angeles 2018
Massimadi Afrocaribbean LGBT FF 2018
City of Asylum 2018

Cast & Crew

Petrice Jones, Gareth Jenkins, Akil Nicholas, Penelope Spencer, Nickolai Salcedo

Production: Play The Devil Pictures Limited

Maria Govan