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Making award winning indie 'Joyland' with director and writer Saim Sadiq

Ep. 329

On this Friday's show we talk to award winning writer and director Saim Sadiq on his Pakistani trans culture feature debut Joyland.

Giles Alderson, Tori Butler-Hart & Matthew Butler-Hart chat with Saim about:

-Where ideas come from

-Pakistani film-making.

-How he raised the finance.

-Short to feature process

-Trans culture, Patriarchy and creative desire.

-His writing process and collaboration.

-Why you need to be patient as a director

-Editing process and why he shot the film in 4:3

A patriarchal family yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet.

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