Susan (Numa Perrier) let her love go back to Mexico. He told her that one day she should come and find him so that they can pick up right where they left off and that’s just what she did.
Travelling to a country she’s never been to before to find a man who may or may not have moved on with his life, Susan starts to wonder if she’ll ever find true love or even if her life has any direction at all. That’s the premise of Zoe’s script anyway.
Zoe (JoNell Kennedy) is an aspiring screenwriter, an artist whose stories have gone untold because of producers (mainly white men), other writers and industry ‘experts’ all telling her what she needs to do to make a great movie. Although Zoe is adamant that her story be told her way, the need to survive starts to become greater and as Susan’s story changes, Zoe’s own insecurities about her life and what the film industry needs to sell a movie start to blend to the point where Zoe doesn’t even recognise her own script anymore.
Una Great Movie is a film that is mostly true. Written and directed by Jennifer Sharp, the film is a humorous and satirical look at what an African American woman may need to do to make her career a success in the film industry.
Taking a lot of material from what is surely first hand experience, Sharp’s script excellently details all aspects of life as a struggling film maker. This experience makes the scenes of Zoe’s imaginary movie more understandable as Sharp’s observations are obvious to anyone who’s ever been to the cinema.
A passion project of Sharp’s for 18 years, Una Great Movie is perhaps not the film she intended to make all those years ago, but through experience and exposure to probably some of the worst people in the industry, it makes Una Great Movie stand out as something more. Diversity in cinema may not have been something that Sharp would have hoped she would still need to talk about when she first thought about her movie, but unfortunately it is as relevant now then it ever was.
Una Great Movie is something all people should see, because even if you don’t think there is a diversity problem in cinema, one movie might be all it takes to change your mind.
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