Jamaica | 2014 | 15 mins
“CLEANING HOUSE,” tells the story of Susan, an enigmatic young woman.
At a glance, Susan is a quiet, pensive housecleaner who takes her job seriously. A single phone call is all she needs to clean up the mess and leave things pristine. But, initial impressions rarely, if ever, give the full scope of a person—especially in the case of Susan.
Toni Blackford is an up-and-coming writer/director from the island of Jamaica. She earns her living as a video editor in television and film. After graduating from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) in 2005, she went on to work at Music+.
In the ten tears since starting in the industry, she’s worked on music videos, television commercials, long form programming and documentaries, in a variety of roles behind the camera.
Toni feels most at home as a writer and editor. She’s better able to shape the path of a project. Her passion for story-telling, drives her to craft narratives which explore something other than the politically torn garrisons currently dominating Jamaican cinema.
Directing only recently came along as a happy accident when film producer Justine Henzell, convinced her to take the reins of “Cleaning House,” a short film Toni wrote in 2012. It’s the first in a stockpile of ideas (both short and feature length) that she hopes to someday bring to life.