On the Bank Job and colonial contempt, briefly

Finally watched The Bank Job, the plot of which depends heavily upon the activities of one Michael de Freitas, better known as Michael X – black power activist, pimp, and murderer.

Michael X was born and bred in Trinidad, a fact which the film continually acknowledges. Am thus extremely irritated by the thick Jamaican accent adopted by the actor who portrayed Mr X, and by the similarly alien accents of other supposed Trinidadians in the flick.

Discrepancies like these irk me, but after several years of living in London and having to contend with such ignorance on an epic scale, I have ceased to be surprised.

  • candace

    We totally agree!! It was very annoying to hear a Jamaican accent. Somebody did not do their homework.

  • There is a new play called Michael X about to open at the Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove in London. Written by a great writer called Vanessa Walters and starring Clint Dyer

  • There is a new play called Michael X about to open at the Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove in London. Written by a great writer called Vanessa Walters and starring Clint Dyer