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The London Australian Film Society is proud to present – direct from the Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival – the UK premiere of Partho Sen-Gupta’s Slam (2018), an extraordinary mystery drama about family, identity, and Islamophobia in Australia.

The comfortable life of Sydney café owner and Muslim refugee Ricky (Adam Bakri, Omar) is thrown into chaos when his estranged sister Ameena (Danielle Horvat) – a highly politicised, hijab-wearing slam poet – goes missing after a performance. As the search for Ameena intensifies, Ricky is forced to re-evaluate his own identity, whilst doing battle with a right-wing media intent on framing his family as extremists.

Stunningly shot, this complex examination of race and identity in contemporary Australia is aided by a superb ensemble cast led by Rachael Blake (Lantana, Sleeping Beauty). A tough but honest look at the harsh realities of a ‘multicultural’ nation, this gripping drama invests a necessary complexity in its depiction of Australia’s own ‘hostile environment’.

This special screening will be preceded by a screening of Shagufta K. Iqbal’s short poetry film Borders (2017), and will be followed by a panel discussion on Muslim screen representation and the broader contexts of Islamophobia in Australia and Britain.

The panel will feature media activists Sadia Habib & Shaf Choudry (The Riz Test), academic Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath), and poet and author Shagufta K Iqbal (The Yoniverse), and will be chaired by LAFS programmer Stephen Morgan (King’s College London / University of Greenwich).

Presented in collaboration with The Riz Test and the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.

BBFC rating
Running time
115 mins
Australia, France
Partho Sen-Gupta
Adam Bakri, Rachael Blake, Rebecca Breeds

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August 10th

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