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Cannes dream for petrol station filmmakers [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

October 8, 2013

YellowBrix

A TEAM of Midland filmmakers are planning to submit their new 30- minute short for next year's Cannes Film Festival after a successful trial run at a city cinema.

Shot at Small Heath's Apple Green Petrol Station by Sabooh Films, Unstoppable tells the story of an author so consumed by his characters he hallucinates about them.

Business management graduate Haider Ali, 28, from Moseley, beat off competition from more than 20 other actors to be cast in the lead role of Shafiq, an imagined character in the mind of a troubled writer.

After watching himself on the big screen for the first time at the Odeon Broadway Plaza, Ali said: "Shafiq's innocence meant I felt I could relate to him because we all have paranoid feelings.

"I wasn't actually aware of the whole story until the end, as I am someone's imagination."

The film centres around the idea that creativity is more important than reality.

When the writer interacts with his characters, they become part of his world.

Director Ather Chaudhary, 32, originally from Pakistan but now a married father of three from Wolverhampton, trained at London's National Film and Television School.

Now he is hoping to alert investors to the potential for turning Unstoppable into a feature length film: "There are so many elements to this film," said Ather.

"Hitchcock is my inspiration - he was the master of suspense and I want to explore that genre."

For more details visit www.saboohfilms.com or watch a trailer go to www.vimeo.com/73806471

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