Reid gives a knockout, breakthrough performance in her first leading role: hard-edged, self sufficient and seemingly fearless. As the story progresses, however, the pain of her father’s rejection begins to emerge and a sense of youthful vulnerability and unchecked rage comes to the fore.
And while the extreme direction the story takes in its final reel may be outlandish in isolation, the character of Sinaloa is so richly drawn that it seems a natural, if no less shocking, denouement.
Sophie Reid is excellent at allowing her character’s words to draw us in and her actions to push us further away. Barracuda allows ample fun attempting to figure her out.
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"A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy-one way or another."
'BARRACUDA' premiered at SXSW film festival in 2017.
It follows the story of "vagabond musician", Sinaloa and and her sister, Merle. I was nominated for best break through actress at SXSW and gained international recognition as one of
I like to think that in some other realm, Sinaloa is sat on some desert peak somewhere pissing her pants at the irony of all this. But, irony aside, from its diverse cast/ crew to its dedicated love of an anti-heroin, this project is the one I am so proud to have been a part of.
BARRACUDA is available to watch online in the US here.
"THERE ARE MOMENTS WHERE YOU KNOW YOU'RE WITNESSING SOMETHING SPECIAL, A BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE.
THIS IS ONE OF THEM."
Reid's characterization is composed of harder edges, from the thorny exterior to the bristling sense of wounded entitlement, though she makes Sinaloa as much a mystery as a disruptive force of malice.
Reid is given the challenging role of making someone who is hard and jaded likeable. Full of danger and intrigue, Reid commands the screen in every scene she's in.
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In 1991, STING released an album called 'SOUL CAGES', ten years later he began creating a musical stemming from the themes of that album and inspired by a childhood spent growing up amongst the ship building industry of Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
"I did everything in my power to escape Wallsend... I became successful, but I owe a debt to that community. This play is me trying to honor that community, trying to pay back what they gave me -- a sense of self but also the engine that allowed me to escape. That's the strange paradox. I love where I come from, I'm glad I escaped, at the same time I need to tell that story as a sort of 'soul debt'."
In 2019, I joined the cast of The Last Ship to play the role of Ellen, a young girl who embodies that push and pull. We played in Toronto and were touring the US earlier this year before the curtain fell early in San Francisco due to Covid 19. Singing with that cast is electric and my dearest hope, is that we make a cast recording.
THE LAST SHIP
Ellen’s fiery independence and the way her character reappears as a kind of contemporary folk-tale narrator elevates the story in The Last Ship to a mythic tale of its own, delivering its political message to 2019 audiences. Reid’s ethereal qualities, like a young Sinead O’Connor, are powerful.