Birmingham movie to feature at Cannes Film Festival

Haider Ali (l) and Ather Chaudhary

A short movie by two Midlands-based filmmakers has been accepted to feature at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Unstoppable, which is directed by Ather Chaudhary (32) and stars Haider Ali (29), is a psychological thriller with a twist at the end which has been getting rave reviews from audiences.

The movie was shot on a low budget of about £5,000 over the course of a week in a petrol station in Small Heath, Birmingham, and tells the tale of an author so involved in his characters’ lives that he starts to hallucinate about them.

Created by Birmingham-based Sabooh Films, and inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s style of movie-making, you can see the trailer for the 30-minute short here:

And for more information about the film on Sabooh Films’ Facebook page here:

Lead actor Haider Ali told 5Pillarz that he and Chaudhary would be going to the Cannes Film Festival at the end of this month and also plan to go to India to exhibit the film there after making contact with producers.

He said: “We’ve been getting really positive reactions from people who’ve watched the film. Obviously I don’t want to give too much away but it’s the twist at the end that really gets people talking.”

The Business Management Graduate competed against 20 other potential actors for the role of Shafiq in the movie. He said he has been given the opportunity to read scripts for television programs such as Casualty and Eastenders.

He added: “If we can get the funding we hope to make Unstoppable into a feature-length movie. I’d also like to say that we really hope this film can do something positive for the Muslim community. We are subject to negative stereotyping as you know and there aren’t many Muslim filmmakers out there, so we hope we can contribute something positive with what we’re doing.”

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