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East is East

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Jaap Buitendijk

Synopsis

Set in Salford in 1970, East is East is a fast moving comedy of mixed-race manners. It centres on the Anglo-Pakistani alliance of the Khan family that is both claustrophobically cohesive and desperately dysfunctional. In their cramped Salford terrace house, daily anarchy erupts with farcical energy. The Khan children, being caught between bell-bottoms and arranged marriages, scoff surreptitious rashers of bacon as they are buffeted this way and that by their father's insistence on tradition, their English mother's laissez-faire, and their own wish to be citizens of the modern world.


Based on the award-winning stage play by Ayub Khan-Din, East is East was originally produced by the Royal Court Theatre, revived due to critical acclaim at the Theatre Royal in Stratford East 1997.

Details

Year
1999
Type of film
Features
Format
35mm
Director
Damien O'Donnell 1st Feature
Producer
Leslee Udwin
Director of Photography
Brian Tufano BSC
Principal Cast
Om Puri, Linda Bassett
Screen Writer
Ayub Khan-Din

Production Company

Assassin Films Ltd
74 Holland Park
London W11 3SL
Tel/Fax: 020 7243 8028

Sales
Company

Film Four International
124 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 2TX
Tel: 020 7306 8602
Fax: 020 7306 8361
Email:
sbrucesmith@channel4.co.uk
astreet@channel4.co.uk