Ali's arranged marriage is looming, but he loves someone else. What's a Muslim cleric's son to do? This Australian comedy won an AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Ali's Wedding is based on the real-life experience of lead actor Osamah Sami, whose arranged marriage lasted less than two hours. The smart screenplay by Sami and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Rake, Jack Irish) tells a humorous, authentic and poignant tale about family life in multicultural Australia. Stylishly directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Angry Boys), the film boasts a terrific cast including Don Hany as Ali's father and delightful newcomer Helana Sawires as Dianne, the Lebanese-Australian medical student who sends Ali's heartbeat racing. The time is right for a feelgood winner like Ali's Wedding.
Festival guests: Jeffrey Walker, Osamah Sami and members of the film team
Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 23 - 25: Tickets also available for Ali's Wedding at TFF Newcastle.