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Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

Working GirlAntigua St John's - “Working Girl” is the story of a brilliant school girl who is driven by grave circumstances into the seedy world of prostitution.

The tale explores the social issues of poverty, prostitution, maternal sacrifice and the hypocrisy of some men who by their reckless and irresponsible behavior help to ensure that the world’s oldest profession continues to flourish.

Lotus White is an underprivileged but intelligent sixteen year old student who becomes a schoolgirl by day and a hooker at night after she finds out that her mother has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has only a few months left to live.

Her mother meanwhile, has worked all her life as a prostitute but she is determined that her young daughter should have a good education and a better life.

When she finds out that she is dying she must dedicate all of her waning energy to one last fight to ensure that her lifelong plans for Lotus are not suddenly ruined.

Will Lotus be able to maintain her virtue in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds or will she be unable to escape the vicious cycle of poverty and fall prey to the old saying: 'once a whore always a whore'? 

“Working Girl” is an intense emotional drama with a good dose of comic relief.





DIRECTOR:  Nigel Trellis
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Anderson Andrew 

CAST OF CHARACTERS:
▪    Terry-Ann Price as Lotus White
▪    Melissa Mc Leish as Moira White
▪    Bruce “Supa Dymond” Barthley as Oscar Glasshouse
▪    Morrison George as Jamal Glasshouse
▪    Kevin Abbott as Mr. Preston
▪    Janel Martin as Harriette Glasshouse
▪    Kaiser Lake as Club Patron 1
▪    Patrick Simpson as Club Patron 2
▪    Renato Christian as Club Patron 3
▪    Billy Russel as the Old Man
▪    Centelia Browne as the Hotel Guest
▪    Raymond Mc Lean as the Undertaker 
Bruce Barthley as Oscar Glasshouse

A number of popular local personalities also appear in the film as extras or in cameo performances. Some notable names among these are sound system owner Whitney “Stonewall” Williams and well-known Grays Farm resident Gretna Francis.

FILM FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
Working Girl has to date participated in one international film festival, the Africa International Film Festival which was held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in December 2010. There the film won the coveted “People’s Choice Award” from a field of thirteen international features that were selected from more than one hundred entries from countries all over the world.

The film has also been entered into the Trinidad and Tobago Film festival slated for September 2011, the Aruba Film Festival (June 2011) and the Urban World Film Festival produced by BET Networks slated for September 2011 in New York.

FILM RATING AND TARGET AUDIENCE
While the producers do not consider the Film R-Rated, patrons are cautioned that it does deal with a mature and very controversial subject in a bold and realistic manner. Some scenes may not be suitable for children under the age of thirteen (13).

FILM MUSIC
The film boasts a number of excellent original songs produced by a group of young, upcoming, Antiguan artistes. Featured artistes include Joel Baird aka “Gremstar”, Fucha Kidd, Thalia King, Damian Jackson, Sheldon “G-Man” Dick, Dorshan Simon aka “Shatta Don”, Khalid Solomon, Yohanne Lewis and Aisha Prince.
 
 
 


Nigel TrellisDIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY
Nigel Trellis is the head of Tropical Films, a new filmmaking group based in Antigua and Barbuda.
Nigel has to date produced one narrative short film entitled “Hooked” (2009) which was aired on local cable television, Tempo Networks and CBC in Barbados.

“Working Girl” (2010) is his first feature film. He has also produced several commercials and music videos, the most popular of which is “Water” by G-Man.  
 
While a Chartered Accountant, Mr. Trellis has a great passion for the creative arts and is a self taught filmmaker. With a strong background in the Arts and Literature, Nigel is the principal screenwriter and film Director for Tropical Films. 


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM
Interested persons can view trailers, photographs and sneak previews of the movie by going to Facebook and searching for Tropical Films (Antigua). The group maintains a very popular Facebook page which has attracted over 6,700 fans from across the Caribbean and as far afield as North America and Europe.

As a token of appreciation Tropical Films will be giving away free movie tickets to twenty (20) of it’s locally based Facebook fans. The draw for this will be held on June 12th.

PLANS FOR THE FILM BEYOND ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
It is absolutely essential for financial viability that local film productions are able to successfully tap into larger markets outside of Antigua and Barbuda.

Tropical Films considers its target market to be the English speaking Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora in North America and Europe, and Africa. Home grown movies are extremely popular in Africa and their films have found a large audience in the Caribbean. Terry-Ann Price and Bruce Barthley

There is no reason therefore why Caribbean filmmakers in turn cannot export our products to the massive markets of that continent. Plans are afoot to take the movie on tour across the Caribbean later in the year and into next year while DVD releases are planned for the countries further afield. 


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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#42 damm » 2011-07-31 00:27

Tropical film best movie is Hooked,working girl has bad actors and the colour is miserable. I somehow agree with guns and roses. The attraction of that movie was the strippers,it just had everyone curious........thats simply it,and noting more.
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Working Girl

#41 remilee22 » 2011-07-20 13:48

I saw the movie twice and it is the best work ever to come out of Antigua, period. Based on the crowd reaction alone, the filmmakers have done an incredible job. Some people on this forum seem to be associated with another film company whose productions have been thoroughly outclassed by what appears to be a bunch of young newcomers. Word on the street is that this is the reason behind much of the mêlée involving this production. It’s so sad. Why can’t we simply give credit where credit is due? Keep up the good work Tropical Films. I look forward to many more of your movies.
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#40 Guns and roses » 2011-07-10 18:36

the skin is a far better local movie with much much better actors and far superior quality,Mr trellis is just fooling himself cause he's a one hit wonder,working girl just got the curiosity of people cause of the slogan,but you truly ask about the acting and its quality and you'll be amazed how many people say it was miserable.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#39 ginie » 2011-07-02 14:23

this movie is a total wreck in terms of the acting,technical aspect was very poor. The script wasn't too bad but could have been better developed,the pacing was slow and boring most of the times. The lotus character lacks energy and her voice is a big joke,mr glasshouse was laughable and the mother seems possessed by a demon. Tropical fims you need to try harder.
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good good good

#38 samantha » 2011-06-25 00:49

i am one of terry-ann's closest friends and after we watched the movie i said to her "terry i honestly didnt expect the movie to be soo great...lol lol" she look on me with a fierce eye. This movie is one of the best locally made movie ive ever seen.I could watch it everyday.:-) ps Sam
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@ KMT - handled badly

#37 tenman » 2011-06-01 18:08

KMT, though I respect your view and have no problem with the uniform being changed, However, I dislike the way it was done. The producer stated both the ministry and the the school agreed to him using the school's property which he thought would include the uniform. The minister then gets involved as minister of education and threatens a lawsuit is wrong. I would have no issue if the Permanent secretary took that action once its stated that they never granted permission. I would not even have a problem if the MP was acting on behalf of her constituents who expressed dislike for the use of the PM uniform. However her action gives the impression that though the managers approved something, the Minister can then overrule a management decision. Even if it was not approved by the ministry then the PS needed to take action not the minister. These are the things we need to move away from (Minister playing manager)

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bad acting

#36 watchful » 2011-06-01 16:56

This movie is a waste of time,the camera is ok but look at the acting previews ,its terribly poor acting,what people have to know is that you cant put stage actors to do screen acting they are very different. Working girl is a classic example of poor,delayed acting. Why trying to shed tears when the best way is to try to prevent tears and thats more realistic,its not sheding ters that makes an actor its much more than that.
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Moviemaker averts legal action from education minister By Observer News - Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

#35 KMT » 2011-05-29 18:03

To the Minister thank you on behalf of all of us who felt the same way you did.
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Moviemaker averts legal action from education minister By Observer News - Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

#34 KMT......Part 3 » 2011-05-29 18:00

she informed Trellis that schools in Antigua & Barbuda are identifiable by their uniforms which are sacrosanct….to be worn proudly by students who represent the values, principles and ethos of the institution.

Quinn-Leandro continued, “The use of Princess Margaret School’s uniform for a ‘fifteen year old girl who wants to sell her body for $500’ is not only callous but defamatory to all students at the school and their parents as well.”

The education minister told this newspaper yesterday she is pleased Trellis heeded the call to make the necessary changes, which included an immediate halt to any private or public distribution of the film until the editing is completed.
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Moviemaker averts legal action from education minister By Observer News - Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

#33 KMT......Part 2 » 2011-05-29 17:58

He sang the praises of digital technology, saying that with a bit of creative colour coordination they have started to eliminate the pink from the school blouses in the picture.

The process should be completed in about a week.

“Luckily I am also the editor of the film along with someone else. So at this point it would not cost us anything more than the labour but it will take several days to get it done,” Trellis added.

The script writer expressed surprise over the Ministry’s recent opposition that the uniform became part of the costume wardrobe since according to him, no objection was raised about this back in 2010 when the two sides held talks for the PMS being used as one of the filming locations.

He said, “It was pretty obvious that if permission is given to use the school’s compound while cl** are in session, that the uniform would be used.”

But Quinn-Leandro saw it differently and put this in writing on May 26 after seeing the movie trailer.

In the correspondence obtained by this newspaper she said it was a “grave matter which is the cause of deep consternation and outrage in the Ministry of Education”.
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Moviemaker averts legal action from education minister By Observer News - Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

#32 KMT......Part 1 » 2011-05-29 17:56

I guess i wasnt the only one with legit concern!!

Two weeks before the locally-produced movie “Working Girl” premiers in Antigua’s cinemas, the film-maker is busy making changes to prevent a peeved Minister of Education Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro from following through on a threat of legal action.

Nigel Trellis’ use of the pink and grey uniform of the Princess Margaret School, the location of some of the scenes, ignited the minister’s rage.

He made it clear to The Daily OBSERVER that he is standing on strong legal legs but has decided to “digitally change” the colour of the uniform to ensure the film is not embroiled in legal wrangling
There are two things involved, time and cost. To go down the legal route could end up in some sort of constitutional motion,” he said. “It’s gonna take years to get any sort of resolution on that based on what I have seen. Meantime the film will be languishing. I don’t want to do that to myself or the public,” the film director added.
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Working Girl

#31 STTC » 2011-05-26 13:47

A stupid question, how would it look to see the young lady in a differ school uniform and it was been filmed at PMS???????????
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DVDs

#30 BajanHut » 2011-05-25 15:59

Where do i get a copy of the film here in Barbados?? 8)
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What Nationailty?

#29 RNW » 2011-05-25 06:09

PLM. You should go live in a vacuum. I happened to be a member of the production team for this movie and I take great offense to you categorizing it as a foreign film. Since nationality seems to be so important to you, here is a breakdown by place of birth of the persons that were involved:

Main Actors: 8 from Antigua, 2 from Jamaica, 2 from Guyana

Writer/Director: Guyana

Cinematographer: Antigua

Producers: 1 Antigua, 1 Guyana, 1 USA.

The movie was filmed on location in Antigua and all the music tracks were produced right here. Now what “nationality” does all this make the film????

It was a pleasure working with Mr. Trellis who I found to be a decent person and the most professional filmmaker I’ve ever encountered.

People like you are just plain backward and out of touch.
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Foreigner reality; Antiguan Nightmare

#28 PLM » 2011-05-23 15:48

Tenman,

The ** of which you speak are not Antiguan!!!! All me ah say is don’t market it as an Antiguan movie if you’re depicting Guyanese culture!!!
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reality

#27 tenman » 2011-05-23 14:02

PLM - Mr. Trellis stated: "The PM School premises and its students were used in the film with the permission of the Ministry of Education and the school's Management. Having reviewed the script they were happy to facilitate us, being convinced the film's message was both positive and relevant.". Persons like PLM need to spend some more time speaking to our educators and they will learn how relevant this film is not only to Antigua but the region (OECS, CARICOM). I have talked to teachers in both Antigua and Saint Lucia and they tell tales of some students being too tired for class because they had spent the night working at some strip club. PLM, you do us no favors by refusing to look at the entire picture. We need films like this to shine the light and keep persons like you from living in your own make believe world.

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RE:PLM

#26 KMT » 2011-05-23 13:52

PLM really?? That is all you can come up with?? Really!
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After 379 years…

#25 PLM » 2011-05-23 13:46

Mr. Trellis,

The film is been marketed as an Antiguan film made by an Antiguan company, Tropical Films (Antigua). If it is a Guyanese film depicting Guyanese culture and mores, market it as such. Don’t use Antigua’s good name to give this foreign farce an air of respectability. This kind of wutlessness has nothing to do with the real Antigua or Antiguans.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#24 Hmmm » 2011-05-23 12:51

Saw a preview of the movie on facebook and wasnt too impressed and I say why.The clip that I saw the acting was poor and explicit, foul language was used openly and there was also clear nudity. I am thinking that based on the storyline/message that the target is a young teenage crowd. Whilst some maybe aware of many things and see these things from TV, I dont think a local company should be promoting these things. Much is being said about the uniform issue and I too agree, PMS my first impression was why use this uniform??
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Re Nigel Trellis

#23 BG » 2011-05-23 12:50

Nigel PLM is someone u just need to ignore. :-x
Keep your good work
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Film Director

#22 Nigel Trellis » 2011-05-23 12:41

PLM. I feel really sad and sorry for you. Your unabashed display of hatefulness and bigotry is the real "disgracia" here. Nowhere in the film is the name of Antigua and Barbuda mentioned. This is a universal story that deals with a social ill that is present in almost all societies. I am surprised that you can demonstrate such abhorrence and anger without you having seen a single frame of the film. But then I am all too aware why some opposition to this project (that has nothing to do with the film's content) may be coming from certain quarters. To readers who have expressed legitimate concern about the uniform I hear you and I accept that it would have been more sensitive to create a "neutral" uniform. To those who are out to malign this project for ulterior motives I won't be descending into the type of shameful vitriol displayed by PLM. This will be my last comment on this matter.
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#21 going deaf » 2011-05-23 10:18

KMT I had the same thought too. There should have been a uniform made for this project.
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Disgracia!

#20 PLM » 2011-05-23 09:23

After 379 years of uninterrupted social and cultural advancement, the best that this Trellis person can come up with is “working girls”? Why are these foreigners so debased? This is not Guyana Mr. Trellis, and Antigua doesn’t need its good name sullied with this minstrel farce. Disgracia!!!
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Good Job!

#19 Educated National » 2011-05-23 07:14

Happy to see that there are local people who are making strides in the promotion of our arts and culture! I'm glad that this film was also able to make use of the talent that we in this little island can produce. Keep up the good work! Looking to see more Tropical films in the future.
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@ Morris

#18 Reader » 2011-05-23 00:22

Totally agree with you. They are making a mountain out of a mole hill with the uniform matter. Are they trying to say that persons viewing the movie would automatically believe that the girls of PMS are engaged in such activities because the uniform is used? Total ignorance and it only shows how we choose to pick on the things that do not matter while the bigger picture pass us by like a full school bus. Great job Nigel - have seen the previews and love it.
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@ KMT

#17 Morris » 2011-05-23 00:14

Regardless of whatever measures he had employed there would still be a few that feel the way you do, and respectfully so, but that is just the nature of the game. However, I know of a Catholic school by that name and I just hope they don't take issue with him using the wrong uniform to represent them. :-)
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Kudos to Nigel Trellis

#16 Dig It » 2011-05-22 23:59

I wish Nigel Trellis and his movie, "Working Girl," all the best! I hope this movie get the recognition both home and abroad with its message! I don't want to take the focus away from this movie. Yet, I believe the director should be commended for his explanation, as to why PMS uniform was used in his movie! It said a lot of his character! And I don't believe any intentions were made to single-out the young girls at the school. Let us support our own "local talent" as much as possible! Morris, I couldn't agree with you more!
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RE: Morris

#15 KMT » 2011-05-22 23:55

If you check one of my post you will see I made reference to the importance of the plot of the play. If you took the time you will see I even agree with the wife of one of our poster, and I even made some suggestion to the problem. So I really didnt mis**, the message of this script
No I didnt expect no Tom ** or Nigel to ask my permission in this uniform issue, however I expected him to represent the truth as a middle man, I expected him to take the same consideration when he choose not to use PMS name , to have taken the same consideration choosing a uniform. Why did he choose to rename the school in his script?
Plot ..Story line I have no issue with. I am sorry if you saw it that way, Wah a joke to some a death to crapo! Dan Brown is a test to that!!!!
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@ KMT

#14 Morris » 2011-05-22 23:12

I think you are making a mountain out of a mole hill. You seem to be missing the point that the message is much more powerful than the material (uniform). He has already indicated that he had received prior approval from the relevant authorities. Would you have liked for the director to ask your permission first? Regardless if he had chosen something else, some school somewhere (probably out of ANU) would be thinking the same thing. I prefer for him to use something that we can all identify with. Just give some credit to a local talent for the effort he has put into making the film a reality, and hope that his message gains some regional and international recognition.
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disappointed

#13 KMT » 2011-05-22 21:53

Nigel Trellis I am very disappointed with you and PMS for allowing you to use that uniform. Some of us pas and present still have pride in our uniform, it meant some thing to wear that uniform. This for me is taking away from the truth behind this script.
I am disppointed that as a director your first response to this issue to me was "In the end it is only a work of fiction so don't take it to heart." Dismissive
I am not sure if the other bloggers hadnt seen it the way that I did, if you would have taken this issue seriously.You still didnt even suggest if you would consider not using the uniform in the script.
I appreciate the fact that you now have perfect vision, not sure if this is a form of appology but you can be sure this whole chapter today has left a bitter taste in my mouth. However I wish you all the best.
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Film Director

#12 Nigel Trellis » 2011-05-22 20:56

KMT and Independent. Having listened to you I do appreciate your views regarding the use of the uniform. We did foresee that making reference to the name of the school would not be palatable so the school is actually called St. Barnabas High School in the script. The issue of the uniform simply eluded us but as they say you always have 20/20 vision with hindsight. It is a learning experience for us and we will certainly pay heed to these types of sensitivities in future.
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@ KMT

#11 Independent » 2011-05-22 20:04

When I saw the picture I also wondered why PM's uniform was used. I'm not a past student of the school but I felt that for a movie like this a uniform could have been created. As Tenman said the movie should help us to examine issues like this and really face the truth of what is happening in our society. We should then look at how we can prevent situations like this.
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Just a start

#10 KMT » 2011-05-22 16:03

tenman i am no expert on the solution as to why women of every class, race, culture from the dawn of time, become "working girls!

However lets start by not limiting working girls to just "females". Double standard is killing us!

Maybe if we start by not educating our young ladies of their total worth, and not seen as objects, maybe just maybe they will realise it.

Maybe if we as a society realise these young ladies dont become that way over nite, there are elements around us that contribute to this problem.

Lets start with self respect. Lest start with charity begins at home. Lets start by been honest with our children both male and female.
Lets start by stop glamorising what we see in the media.

Lets start by asking questions we are so afraid to ask our children when they come home with the "LV" pocket bag.

Lets start with answering the question our young people ask and not response with a big lol and then brush it aside.
Lets start by knowing who our children friends are, as much as we can.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#9 KMT » 2011-05-22 15:41

tenman , i totally agree with your wife, it should reflect the truth as it is...across the board. Using PMS uniform to me is reflecting the ladies of PMS..past and present are the only "truth".
Nigel Trellis: Using the location is not the same as using the uniform. That uniform means something to those of us who wore it.
To me this seems to be reflecting just the "girls" of PMS only!! Couldnt it have been safer using a uniform that didnt reflect ANY school? :eek: :eek:
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@KMT

#8 tenman » 2011-05-22 12:53

KMT its funny that you posted the same thing that initially was on my mind. However my wife reminded me that the movie tells truths we should stop trying to hide. The next question should be what will we do to help persons to prevent them from being forced to walk that path? Could part of the answer lie in ensuring that fathers play their role?

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#7 Nigel Trellis » 2011-05-22 12:15

Hi BJC,

We started out trying to license mainstream Dance hall music from Jamaica but having had one exchange with VP Records I quickly realized that it would mean certain bankruptcy. So I decided to raid the scores of little backyard and desktop studios operated by many of the local youth. What I found both shocked and elated me. Antigua is bursting at the seams with exceptional, youthful musical talent. Too bad these guys don't even get so much as some airplay on local radio. One of my great hopes if this film does well regionally/internati onally is to help bring some recognition and advancement to some of these awesome young people. See a sampling of the original movie music here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1856870307119&saved
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#6 Nigel Trellis » 2011-05-22 12:06

Hi KMT

The PM School premises and its students were used in the film with the permission of the Ministry of Education and the school's Management. Having reviewed the script they were happy to facilitate us, being convinced the film's message was both positive and relevant.

As to why PM School..... It was the location that presented the best cinematographic opportunities.

In the end it is only a work of fiction so don't take it to heart.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#5 Tamesha Edwards » 2011-05-22 11:29

I guess they choose it because the girl went to PMS. I was a student there and I know the young lady whos acting the part and she used to go PMS. Just saying maybe thats why. Not sure.
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#4 KMT » 2011-05-22 10:44

Why they chose PMS uniform? I am offended!
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#3 BJC » 2011-05-22 10:29

Is there a sound track for the movie? , if so could someone forward a link please. Thanks.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#2 Morris » 2011-05-22 09:42

Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this movie.
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RE: Working Girl - Premiere on June 9th

#1 dave » 2011-05-22 06:37

nice picture quality
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