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Apostasy

Apostasy

Starring Siobhan Finneran, Robert Ems and Sacha Parkinson. Raised in the Jehovah Witness 'The Truth', sisters Alex and Luisa are devoted to each other and to their faith. Their mission is to convert the large Pakistani community of Oldham before Armageddon.

But when Luisa (played by Sacha Parkinson) is found guilty of fornication, Alex and her mother, Ivanna (played by Siobhan Finneran), are forced to ostracise her as punishment for her sin.

As the story develops, it becomes clear that it is Ivanna who must restore God's blessing and secure the spiritual future of her family. Her faith is truly tested when she is forced to choose between her daughters.

Written and directed by a former Jehovah's Witness, this film gives a true insight into a fundamentalist religion that seeks conformity in its devotees. Told through a collection of deeply personal prayers and charged set pieces, Apostasy examines religious identity and the paradox of being in, but not part of, this world. Apostasy is a feature for BBC Films and BFI.

Reviews

The Guardian - Daniel Kokotajlo's debut about life among a religious community in Oldham is authentic, sensitive and subtle but has a sledgehammer narrative punch.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/09/apostasy-review-daniel-kokotajlo-jehovahs-witnesses

BFI - 'Apostasy' is a remarkable and authentic debut film, providing rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love.
http://film.britishcouncil.org/apostasy

BFI - Daniel Kokotajlo, writer-director Apostasy, wins 50k IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/daniel-kokotajlo-apostasy-iwc

Reg

Reg

Reg is a BBC drama about Reg Keys, the father of Lance Corporal Tom Keys, a royal military policeman who was killed in Iraq. The drama, written by Jimmy McGovern and directed by David Blair, stars Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Reg won two awards at the RTS North West Awards 2016, Best Single Drama or Drama Series and Best Script Writer for Jimmy McGovern and is nominated for an International Emmy.







Habit

Habit

The feature film Habit is currently filming in Manchester, starring Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul) and Jess Barden (Lobster). Habit is directed and screenwritten by Simeon Halligan adapted from the novel by Stephen McGeagh.

Manchester, the present.

Michael divides his time between the job center and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her 'Uncle' Ian and a heavy night on the lash lead to a job working the door at a Northern Quarter massage parlour.

After witnessing the violent death of one of the 'punts', Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn't understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he eventually finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, Michaels' life will never be the same again.

Moving On 8

Moving On 8

Series 8 of Moving On, created by EMMY and multi BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern is currently filming. The directors for this series include Paul McGann, Noreen Kershaw, Julia Ford, Reece Dinsdale and David Whitney.

Read more about the show: LA Productions website









Lies We Tell

Lies We Tell

A trusted driver must deal with his dead employer's British-Pakistani mistress, her dark past pulling him into a quest to save her 16 year-old sister from a forced marriage to their gangster cousin. Directed by Santosh Sivan, Lies We Tell stars Gabriel Byrne, Om Puri, Sibylla Deen, Reece Ritchie, Toyah Willcox and Gina McKee. The film is due for release in 2018.