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London Film Festival update 2023 – coverage, interviews to come, British Asian features… (updates to follow)

London Film Festival update 2023 – coverage, interviews to come, British Asian features… (updates to follow)

🎥 Hollywood hotshot director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar’s ‘Dear Jassi’ first screening this afternoon (October 8)

🎥 ‘The Queen of my Dreams’ screened yesterday (October 8)

🎥 Legendary director Martin Scorsese talk – acv attended (October 7), more to follow in a wrap piece, mentioned early film viewing including Jean Renoir’s ‘The River’ (1951) shot in India and Indian Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ (1955) which he watched as a young boy on television in New York. Scorsese is part of The Film Foundation, which helps to restore to old films to their original glory and the organisation helped with producing new prints for Ray’s seminal film…Scorsese spoke a little about this with Edgar Wright, the chair of the Board of Governors of the BFI and spoke in detail about ‘Mean Streets’ (1973), and ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ (2023) – which had its LFF Gala Screening last night…

🎥 We have done our first filmed interviews with film talent here – and more to come… (see list to follow)
🎥 We have reviews and other tidbits to come – follow us on socials (see home page tabs on the right) to keep up to date and follow in real time

Picture caption: Kalpana Doshi, BFI LFF programmer, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar and Yugam Sood (lead actor) Bottom: Fawzia Mirza (writer-director) centre with glasses and team ‘The Queen of My Dreams’ (©GettyforBFILFF)

WE are five days into 12-day festival in all; and are right in the middle of our coverage.
For the first time ever – certainly since our creation (2013) – there are four British Asian features alone that we are covering – the documentary, ‘The Taste of Mango’; ‘Unicorns’; ‘In Camera’ and ‘Sky Peals’.
And there are two prominent Indo-Canadian films (‘Dear Jassi’ and ‘I am Sirat’) and one that is a bit more Pakistani-Canadian (‘The Queen of My Dreams’) but has a considerable Bollywood element to it and one outright Indian one (‘Stolen’) and another with a famous Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan in it (‘The Buckingham Murders’), but set in the UK.
Here’s the latest on where we are with them, their fest screenings (if still relevant with links); and other short highlights of our festival so far.
We also got a chance to experience a short section of the live event film and music, ‘Elsewhere in India’.

Video interviews complete (in edit) to drop – subscribe to our Youtube channel, click on 🔔 and do not miss
Stolen (to camera – Abhisjhek Banerjee, Shubham) and director Karan Tejpal and Gaurav Dhingra (print)
I am Sirat (Sirat Taneja)
The Queen of my Dreams (Fawzia Mirza)

We will update this page as and when we can…

See our full preview here –

It has links to latest ticket information and listed screenings of the above films

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture