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Bahrain-UK thriller set for premiere

Bahrain News
Sat, 16 Apr 2016
By Laala Kashef Alghata
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Bahrain: A supernatural suspense film produced in Bahrain and the UK will premiere in London next week.

Let’s Go Home, from husband and wife team Richard Bellamy and Shaikha Suha bint Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, is a film almost a decade in the making. 

The duo hope it will be bought for distribution after the screening next Saturday so more audiences will see it.

“The production was quite fast because of the small budget of $100,000,” Shaikha Suha told the GDN.

“For a movie of this scale that’s not much money at all, but we took our time editing it and making sure the sound was right.

“Composer Sacha Puttnam did a fantastic job with the original score for the film and we even have our own special song.

“The grading was done in Bahrain by (ad.mark founder and creative director) Osama Al Saif and it’s
incredible.

“I have people here in London complimenting it and asking who it was that did it.

“All in all, it’s been a true collaboration of Bahrain and UK.” 

The film is a supernatural drama in which a couple struggling to start a family decide to adopt, only to discover that more than their adopted child came home with them.

In a show of support for the film, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the UK Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa will be attending the
premiere.

“I’m very, very pleased and I think the embassy want to do something and celebrate the film,” she said.

“We need to focus more on arts and culture, as they’re very lucrative means of revenue.

“These films may be expensive, but they are commercial and make back three times what the initial investment is – it’s a money-making machine if you do it right.” 

Industry professionals will be attending, along with the cast and crew, and Shaikha Suha said she was banking on selling the film to fund her next project. 

“We’re hoping to sell it and use the proceeds for the next film,” she said.

“We’re hoping it will be a domino effect. 

“I want to do a premiere in Bahrain – if it was sponsored, I’d be there in a minute.”

She said their next film, which was already written, would have the first 15 minutes set in Bahrain and the rest in Brighton. 

“The film is called Things Beyond and in it I explain the concept of jinn properly to the Western world,” she said.

“The goal is to have it shot in Brighton and Bahrain.

“We’re already started contacting distributors in Hollywood and the UK.

“I’ve been looking for money for 13 years – it’s been such an education, travelling festival to festival – so I have several scripts that are done and ready to go if we could just fund the finding.

“We have one that is currently going through censorship screening in China, where if it passes we get 50 per cent of the budget from them.

“Another script is our dream project called Air of
Darkness about vampires, ghosts and mankind. 

“I found an investor group in the US which has agreed to fund 50pc of the $40 million budget, as long as I find a well-known director or the other 50pc funding. 

“Honestly, I’d prefer to find the rest of the funding because I’d love to direct it myself.” 

For more information on the movie, visit www.letsgohomemovie.com.

laala@gdn.com.bh 

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