Queer Cinema: Shamim Sarif and Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Reading in The Guardian today how novelist and filmmaker Shamim Sarif had managed to get two cross-cultural lesbian themed films out this year, The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight; was an inspiring story of how if you are determined enough, despite all the barriers, you can achieve something:

Being a gay, British-born Indian Muslim, she says, has far from hindered her career – if anything her race and sexuality equipped her with the drive and conviction needed to succeed the industry. She wants, she says, to take advantage of the freedom she has in this country to break down as many prejudices as possible elsewhere.

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Podcast: Interview with screenwriter Gabriella Apicella, Part One

Click here for the first part of the interview I did with screenwriter Gabriella Apicella where we talk about what inspires her, the lack of female screenwriters and interesting female characters, the intense nature of female relationships and more.

Short bio: She originally studied screenwriting under Euroscript founder Paul Gallagher at Birckbeck College, University of London in 2006. Her first feature film script ‘The Girlfriend Killers’ is going into production in May 2009, and will be co-produced by DAMD Films Limited, of which she is Managing Director, with Alejandro Davalos directing. Her short film ‘Do Nothing’ is currently being shot in Mexico by the same director. From September 2009 she will be taking up a post as a screenwriting lecturer at Birkbeck College.