Sally El Hosaini

Sally El Hosaini is a British film director and screenwriter.

Her debut feature film, My Brother the Devil received huge critical acclaim and won multiple international awards, including at the 2013 Evening Standard Film Awards,[1] 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 Berlin International Film Festival[2] and 2012 BFI London Film Festival Awards,[3] amongst others. It stars Fady Elsayed, BIFA Award winning James Floyd and César Award nominated actor Saïd Taghmaoui. It was filmed on location in Hackney, London.

BackgroundEdit

El Hosaini was born in Swansea, Wales, of Egyptian Welsh parentage, and raised in Cairo, Egypt.[4][5] She had her first story published when she was seven years old.

El Hosaini attended Atlantic College, one of the United World Colleges. She went on to read Arabic with Middle Eastern Studies at Durham University. Before making films she taught English Literature at a girls school in Sana'a, Yemen and worked for Amnesty International. She is a long-time resident of Hackney, London.[6]

CareerEdit

El Hosaini was a trainee to the late renegade theatre director, John Sichel.[4] She began her career in Middle East documentaries and then moved to independent feature films, where she was a production coordinator for many years. She has stated that her work in television documentaries felt "formulaic", and that she found she could be more truthful in fiction.[7]

She was the script editor/specialist researcher of the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning HBO Films/BBC Drama mini-series House of Saddam. She spent 212 years in research for the series,[8] which won a Grierson Award for best factual drama.

She received a regional BAFTA for her 2008 short film, The Fifth Bowl.[9]

In 2009, her short film Henna Night was officially selected for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.[10] It was in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Raindance Film Festival.[11]

El Hosaini participated in the 2009 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs, developing My Brother the Devil .[12][13]

She was named one of Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow for 2009.[14]

My Brother the Devil was released theatrically in 12 US cities, May 2013 and had a wide release in UK cinemas, November 2012. Further releases in Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Germany. The film screened at over 40 International Film Festivals, where it received 12 awards, 17 nominations & an Honourable Mention.[15]

As Writer/Director of the film, El Hosaini won the Most Promising Newcomer Award at 2013 Evening Standard Film Awards, Best Screenplay at the 2013 Writer's Guild of Great Britain Awards, [16] the Best Newcomer Award at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival and the UK New Talent Award at the British Women in Film and Television Awards in 2012. She was also nominated for the BIFA Douglas Hickox award for Best Debut Film at the British Independent Film Awards and the Sutherland Trophy (Best First Film) at BFI London Film Festival.

She has been profiled by The Guardian,[17]BBC America,[18]IndieWire[19] and Variety who named her a 2014 'Brit to Watch'.[20]

FilmographyEdit

Title Role Type Year
Untitled London Project Writer/Director Feature Film tbc
My Brother the Devil Writer/Director Feature Film 2013
Camelia Writer Feature Film 2011
Henna Night Writer/Director Short 2009
The Fifth Bowl Writer/Director Short 2008

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/el-hosainis-film-about-gangs-wins-her-gong-at-evening-standard-film-awards-8480685.html
  2. ^ http://www.sundance.org/stories/article/sally-el-hosainis-my-brother-the-devil-wins-Berlin-Film-Festival-Award/
  3. ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/bfi-london-film-festival-announces-2012-award-winners
  4. ^ a b Hoggard, Liz (2013-01-26). "Sally El Hosaini: 'I'm interested in people on the margins of society'". The Observer. 
  5. ^ Al Muhanna, Talal (March–April 2010). "Know Who: Script Talk - Sally El Hosaini". Media Production (Dubai): 70. 
  6. ^ Pulver, Andrew; Barnes, Henry (2012-11-12). "My Brother the Devil director Sally El Hosaini: 'A lot of urban films have been laughed at' - video". guardian.co.uk. 
  7. ^ Fox, Killian; Kappala-Ramsamy, Gemma (2011-12-31). "Screen picks for 2012: Tom Green, Domhnall Gleeson and Sally El Hosaini". The Observer. 
  8. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/welsh-egyptian-director-sally-el-hosaini-2494271
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1382223/awards
  10. ^ "Henna Night". British Film Institute. 
  11. ^ "Henna Night". Raindance Film Festival. 
  12. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces Twelve Feature Film Projects for January Screenwriters Lab". Sundance Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2008-12-15. 
  13. ^ "My Brother the Devil". Sundance Institute. 
  14. ^ "Stars Of Tomorrow". Screendaily.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. 
  15. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Brother_the_Devil
  16. ^ http://www.writersguild.org.uk/news-a-features/general/465-writers-guild-awards-winners
  17. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jan/27/sally-el-hosaini-film-interview
  18. ^ http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/03/watch-sally-el-hosaini-provides-antidote-to-downton-abbey-british-fantasy/
  19. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/meet-the-2012-sundance-filmmakers-29-sally-el-hosaini-my-brother-the-devil
  20. ^ http://variety.com/gallery/photos-varietys-10-brits-to-watch/#!1/sally-el-housani-filmmaker/

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