British Asian Film Festival

British Asian Film Festival

Friday, 31 January, 2014

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre present a weekend of the very best British Asian cinema, with film screenings, exclusive talks and special guests including Meera Syal, Gurinder Chadha and Harvey Virdi - Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March.

The festival is a great opportunity for film fans and budding film-makers to view the best of British Asian cinema and gain an insight into the films and the industry from the talent behind them.

The inaugural festival kicks off on the evening of Friday 28 February with a special chance to hear writer and director Atul Malhotra and cast talk about new coming-of-age comedy drama Amar, Akbar & Tony, and see exclusive first clips of the film that is set for release later this year, who’s cast includes Sam Vincenti, Rez Kempton, Martin Delaney, Karen David, Laura Aikman and Goldy Notay with music produced by Rishi Rich. The film also features actress and writer Meera Syal, who will also be attending a separate talk at the festival, discussing her career and the film adaptation of her self-penned book Anita & Me before a screening of the comedy-drama.

On Saturday 1 March, the festival celebrates the career of talented film-maker Gurinder Chadha with screenings of family favourites Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and a short documentary by the director called I’m British But. Gurinder will also be joining audiences for a talk, giving insight and anecdotes about her career.

The last day of the festival - Sunday 2 March, features a screening of Brick Lane, a drama adapted from the book by critically acclaimed British writer Monica Ali. Actress and writer Harvey Virdi who plays Mrs Malik in BBC One's comedy series Citizen Khan and is currently playing The Landlady on Sky 1's comedy chat show - The Kumars, will be sharing her experience of working in the critically acclaimed film and other projects.

The festival comes to a close with a screening of the comedy West is West, the sequel to East is East, the hit film about a dysfunctional multi-cultural family from Bradford.

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre the team that brought you Britain’s Got Bhangra, Break the Floorboards and MummyJi Presents, are very excited to partner up once again to bring audiences the British Asian Film Festival.

Tickets are £6 each for films and include access to pre-film talks. All day passes are available for only £10 on Saturday and Sunday.

Please visit www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/BAFF for film listings and booking information, Box Office 01923 225671.