[LONDON - 25th January 2017] Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism, Nevis and the English Speaking Union of The Commonwealth (ESU), the first UK showing of a documentary/drama film The Time Detective: Who was Philippa?, based on June Goodfield’s book, Rivers of Time, will be premiered at the ESU in London on March 15 at 6pm.
Attendees confirmed include a range of Caribbean dignitaries, UK celebrities, respected personalities and distinguished guests who are loyal friends of Nevis. The film, directed by BAFTA award winning director, Robin Bextor, will be screened at Dartmouth House, Charles Street, Mayfair. The funds raised during the evening will benefit two organisations on Nevis and one in Ashburton, Devon.
Paul Carter, Head of the Caribbean Team at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is responsible for the UK’s relationship with St Kitts and Nevis and wrote recently: “The story of Philippa is indicative of the history of the Caribbean, and the strong and enduring links that exist between the UK and St Kitts & Nevis.”
Filmed on location in Nevis and Ashburton, Devon, Bextor has successfully converted Goodfield’s book, Rivers of Time onto the big screen and into a 50-minute film.
In 1985 an elderly Nevisian showed Goodfield a mysterious memorial in an isolated, beautiful spot on Saddle Hill, bearing the name of a woman who died in 1683. The words he then spoke started this quest: “She loved it up here. I come up every day to talk to her and when I die I am going to be buried here too.” Here was a man speaking in emotive terms of someone whose descendants could well have owned his ancestors as slaves.
Impelled to discover why Roland Archibald spoke as he did, Goodfield explored many unanswered questions such as: “Who was Philippa?” and discovered that she was born into the deepest poverty in Ashburton, Devon. Goodfield’s dramatic narrative, now appears as the movie-image title, The Time Detective: Who was Philippa?
Meticulously researched, Goodfield is proud that only one element of the book is fiction; namely the the conversations she believed to have taken place in the Seventeenth century. But in all cases the facts stated, together with the speakers and their locations, were based on verifiable historical sources.
More about the charities Proceeds will benefit: the 14th century Chapel of St Lawrence, Ashburton; the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society who plan to protect Philippa’s marker tablet from further erosion; research and development for a new major project bringing the history of Nevis and its close relationships with Europe and North America, to the widest possible global audience.
Nevis is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches, Nevis has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. It's a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people. Come and discover this remarkable jewel for yourself.
Getting to Nevis from the U.K.
BA offers two flights per week to and from St. Kitts on Wednesday and Saturday from London Gatwick Airport to Robert L Bradshaw International Airport. The flight duration is 9 hours and 50 minutes, including a brief stopover in Antigua.Nevis is a 10 minute ride from St. Kitts by water taxi. For the best packages and to book visit ba.com/stkitts or call 0844 4930758.
There are also daily flights to Antigua with BA and Virgin with Caribbean Helicopters for direct connections to Nevis on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.