Wednesday, 14 April 2010

A Taste of Holloywood

Many of you will know the extraordinary Sabina England. Many of you will have come across her and her work after I wrote about the time I met her for real.

Well, now Sabina is going to make a short film based on her script, Wedding Night. It's going to be an incredibly exciting project, and Sabina is looking to raise $1000 to make it happen, thriough a campaign on the uber-cool sight IndieGoGo. She's made a video to explain what she's doing that's absolutely fab - but be warned - be very warned - this short contains scenes of Sabina in formal clothes with an (almost) smart hairdo that some of those who know her may find disturbing

The following is in Sabina's own words. This is a fantastic project - if you can afford anything, please get involved.

WEDDING NIGHT is a 15 minute film & tells the story of a Pakistani bride & a Desi American man who meet together for the first time on their wedding night. The husband expects his wife to be a shy, polite bride, but she is nothing like that. In Pakistan, she had a “reputation” which brought shame to her family. In short, she was known as a whore. It shocks her husband & he’s devastated. The wife feels trapped in this marriage, but she’s determined to control her life.


In Hollywood, there are many female filmmakers, but they are fighting to be heard and have their films be noticed. Even in the 21st century, Hollywood is still considered a man’s territory. Only in 2010, did a woman finally win an Academy Award for BEST DIRECTOR. It’s still a battle to bring female-focused stories onto the big screen, but that hasn’t stopped female filmmakers from making it happen. My film is female focused, it tells the story of a woman from a woman’s perspective, and it shatters racist, xenophobic and stereotypical ideas of Muslim women and South Asian women.

Backing WEDDING NIGHT is not just about helping out a female filmmaker. It’s also about giving an opportunity to a Deaf woman. Deaf people are constantly struggling to find opportunities in the film industry. I want to inspire them and tell them, THEY CAN DO IT, TOO.


I have already created a film budget plan, so I know how the money will be spent.

-film camera & equipment (Canon XH-A1 film camera) including boom mic, tripod, batteries, tapes
-lighting kit
-stipends for the Director of Photography, two actors
-fees for location shoot
-fees for food catering for actors and crew during 2 days of shooting
-fees for post-production (editing studio, music, and sound)


I studied at London Film Academy for a summer course and learned essential filmmaking skills— storyboards, setting up the camera, shooting, directing, cinemateography, editing, and post-production sound.

Last year, I launched a successful comedy webseries on Youtube called “The Velma Sabina Show,” almost all of my videos have crossed over the 1,000 view mark.

I’ve had my plays performed and produced in London, UK. I have been active in theatre from a very young age— from writing, directing, acting, and stage managing. I graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A in Theatre (with a focus on Playwriting).


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