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West London, 1979. Racial tensions are running high.
Lucky thinks his brother is in trouble, but the truth is far from what he expected.
ALIEN CULTURE is a recipient of the 2018 London Calling Plus Production Award, supported by Film London &The BFI Network.
It's a late coming of age story about a second-generation British Asian man who learns to cope with new filial responsibilities that’s pushed upon him by questioning his own insular views about the world in which he occupies.
ALIEN CULTURE is a proof of concept short film for the feature film ALIEN KULTURE, which is gritty coming-of-age drama loosely inspired by the first UK Asian Punk band, of the same name.
"The story takes place in a period of English history that is steeped with complex incident and provocation. That Britain seems so
different to the one I grew up in, yet, unfortunately it seems that the themes in the film are relevant to what’s happening in the world today with the advent of extreme right wing groups, and the formation of dangerous perceptions.
I think there’s hope in finding inclusivity in the unlikeliest of places, and this pertains to the films subtle message about the power of
co-existence. Audiences should be reminded of that multicultural unity and cohesion is something to be celebrated. Breaking down
barriers between communities is important to me, and the story offers a microcosmic view of that larger picture."
- Iesh Thapar (Writer, Director)
IESH THAPAR is a British Writer/Director. His films have been supported by Film London & The BFI Network, The Sundance Institute, Film Independent, ESPN, The Tribeca Film Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Iesh is a BAFTA Newcomer, two-time recipient of the prestigious BAFTA LA Scholarship, an awardee of the John Brabourne Award, and the winner of the 2017 Ezra Litwak Award for distinction in screenwriting. He is a graduate of the MFA Film program at Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York City.
SARAH SEULKI OH is a LA & NYC based producer and founder of Oh Picture Company. She producers feature films, short films, and branded content in Germany, Italy, Korea, Turkey, U.K, and the United States. Many of her film shave showcased in festivals worldwide including Telluride Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, and Warsaw Film Festival. Sarah is the recipient of the 2014 HBO Producer Award, 2015 Entertainment Partners Best Producer Award and the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute/ESPN Future Filmmakers Prize. Her first feature film, 'Porno' will have it's world premiere in official competition at SXSW later this year. She graduated from the Creative Producing MFA program at Columbia University, School of the Arts.