MELANIE Christin Pantin’s scene-stealing performance in the local film Queen of Soca has won her rave reviews. That’s pretty impressive considering that it’s her first feature film. Queen of Soca which is directed by Kevin Adams and produced by Christopher Din Chong made its world premiere on August 21 at the Carifesta edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff).
The film follows the story of Olivia, played by singer/songwriter Terri Lyons who believes her passion for singing can save her from an impoverished life. She faces strong opposition from her mother played by veteran actress Penelope Spencer. Olivia must decide whether to go against her mother’s wishes or pursue her love for soca music.