The Grant Prize

Richard E. Grant is one of those actors who you may not know by name, but you'd probably recognize him if you saw him. He's appeared in some memorable pieces of cinema (Gosford Park and The Age of Innocence) and some remarkable pieces of crap (Spice World and Hudson Hawk). Once you've successfully surfed the tide and ebb of every conceivable caliber of celluloid, it leaves a thespian with little else to pursue. Wah-Wah has Grant donning the writer-director hat as he spins a pseudo-autobiographical coming-of-age yarn about his parents' tumultuous break-up and his father's consequential remarriage amidst the newfound independence of his South East African homeland. Set in 1969 as Swaziland shakes free of British rule, Grant's memoir has all the ingredients of an Oscar contender, complete with an exotic locale facing a period of historical transformation, beautiful sweeping cinematography and an impressive cast (Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson and Emily Watson) delivering powerful performances. Wah-Wah screens at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $7.50 for the general public and $5.50 for Modern members. Call 817-738-9215 or visit
Fri., June 16, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., June 17, 5 p.m.; Sun., June 18, 2 & 4 p.m.
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Geoff Johnston