Indie film about two British Pakistani girls from Bradford to be screened next week
AN INDEPENDENT feature film shot and set in Bradford will be screened at an iconic city venue next week.
Tell Me About It will have a preview screening, followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew, at the National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema on January 31.
The film tells the story of two British Pakistani teenagers, Amara and Halima, who plan a secret escape from Bradford to London, away from their strict parents.
But everything goes horribly wrong when Amara is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity.
During this dramatic coincidence, Amara and the kidnapper find themselves set against each other in a surprising way – one seems to have power and is afraid to lose it, while the other begins to find it for the first time.
The film is written, directed and produced by Suman Hanif, who explained that she wanted to use humour to tackle important topics.
“It's been so long since our screens were graced with films like East is East and Bend it like Beckham, which were appreciated for finding humour and hope within serious social issues like race, immigration and identity,” she said.
“Likewise, Tell Me About It has potential to contribute greatly to the British Asian genre and be admired for its interesting spin on prevalent social issues.
“We have talked about collective diversity, and what we really need right now is a conversation about embracing diversity of individuals.
“I hope the audiences will connect with the characters and understand them on a deeper level.”
The preview screening is part of The Future is Northern, a series of special events exploring what the future holds for film in the north of England, while also aiming to further careers in the screen industry.
Kate Burnett, Manager of The Future is Northern programme, added: “We’re incredibly excited to preview Tell Me About It at Pictureville.
“The film was shot and made in Bradford, truly underlying the vibrant screen industry that exists in the north and the endless career opportunities available in film and programme-making right on our doorstep.”
The film stars Asad Shan from Welcome to London, the most successful British-made Hindi language film in the UK, as well as Raza Mallal and Ariya Larker, amongst others.
The preview screening of Tell Me About It will will begin at 6.30pm.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit: www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/cinema/tell-me-about-it-preview.
To watch the trailer, click here.