Play the Devil


The Main 4 Sun, Apr 16, 2017 9:50 PM
The Main 4 Fri, Apr 28, 2017 1:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
LGBTQ Currents
Women and Film
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Show me the Love
Release Year:2016
Runtime:92 min
Festivals & Awards:Jury Award for Best Feature Film - qFLIX Philadelphia
Youth Jury Award for Best Film
Best Trinidad + Tobago Feature Film (ex aequo) - Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
Best Female Feature Director - Woodstock Film Festival
Country/Region:Trinidad & Tobago
The Bahamas
Website:Official Website
Print Source:M-appeal
Director:Maria Govan
Producer:Maria Govan
Abigail Hadeed
Jonathon Grey
Chris Mortimer
Cinematographer:James Wall
Screenwriter:Maria Govan
Editor:Thomas A. Kreuger
Composer:Adam Walters
Principal Cast:Petrice Jones
Gareth Jenkins
Akil Nicholas
Penelope Spencer
Filmography:Rain ('08)


Gregory’s working class family, which includes a drug addicted father, wants him to pursue a career in medicine, for which he’s won a scholarship. While his future seems assured, and his escape from the poor village of Paramin at hand, Gregory seeks more artistically challenging subjects. When a wealthy benefactor, James, arrives, the young man will be plunged into a world of theater and photography. Here he finds himself the sexual subject of an older and wealthier man, and begins to question everything in his life. Both paths are about to collide at Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Monday, in the “Jab” dance, where Gregory, dressed in blue and carrying a trident, takes on the role of the devil himself, and will confront his past, present, and future in a way that will change everyone’s life. Play the Devil is only the second film from Trinidad and Tobago in forty years.

Director’s Biography

Maria Govan: A self-taught filmmaker, Maria Govan speaks of her interest in Play the Devil in Screen Daily: “Being someone who is queer and comes from the Caribbean and had a rough time dealing with it, it fascinated me, this idea of how violence comes into our lives. I kept asking myself what is the devil and for me it’s denial. Denial wreaks havoc.” Play the Devil is her second feature.

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