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Synopsis

Winner of the Best UK Feature Award 2008 at Raindance Film Festival,  The Blue Tower is the first feature by award-winning Indian British writer/director Smita Bhide, set in Southall, West London's colourful and bustling Indian community.

Mohan dreams of escape: from his unhappy marriage, his overbearing family, his unexciting prospects. He finds it by falling into an affair with the pretty young nurse looking after his cantankerous bed-ridden Auntie Kamla. At first the relationships feels like the answer to his prayers, but there are secrets to come out and before long he's on a road to disaster, his every step dogged by the looming menace of the Blue Tower waiting for him round every corner.

Featuring a cast of Asian actors and shot on HD, The Blue Tower plays like something by James M. Cain with touches of Great Expectations thrown in. It's not a 'corner-shop comedy' or a Bollywood pastiche but something new in British-Asian cinema, a full-blooded story of illicit passion and desperate hope which presents a unique and cinematic portrait of multicultural Britain.
 
"Dark domestic thriller marks a new departure for British Asian cinema" (Empire Online).
 
"Smart writing and dark humour elevates The Blue Tower from an accomplished thriller to an extraordinary cinematic experience" (Deepa Mehta, Director "Water").
 
Best UK Feature 2008 Raindance Film Festival.
 

Details

Year
2009
Type of film
Features
Running Time
85 mins
Format
HDV, HDCAM SR, DigiBeta
Director
Smita Bhide
Producer
Jamie Nuttgens
Editor
Jamie Nuttgens, Brian Hovmand
Screenwriter
Smita Bhide
Director of Photography
Anne Marie Lean-Vercoe
Sound
Colin Crockatt, 5A Studios - Cristina Aragon, Michael Koderisch
Music
Sandy Nuttgens, Mike Scott
Principal Cast
Abhin Galeya, Alice O' Connell, Indira Joshi, Manjinder Virk, Kayvan Novak

Production Company

Monkey In Heaven Films
96D Lancaster Road
London W11 1QS
UK

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