In collaboration with Pinewood Pictures and Leeds Trinity University, the Insight Film Festival held a special screening of the feature film, Honour, in Leeds on 8 May 2014.
The film was followed by a Q&A panel discussion about the the issues raised. John Forrest, Insight Director, talks to the panel members: Shan Khan, director of Honour; Jason Newmark, the film’s producer; and Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana, a charity that works to support victims of honour crimes and forced marriages.
Please scroll down to the end of this article to read how potential sponsors can engage with us to support similar events of this kind.
The video: interview (06.00)
Includes plot spoilers. If you want to watch the movie first, the Honour DVD is now available to purchase, for example at Amazon UK.
The feature film: Honour
Set in Southall, West London, Honour is a thriller in a city environment that stars Paddy Considine (In America, Dead Man’s Shoes, Cinderella Man, The Bourne Ultimatum), Aiysha Hart (Ariadne in the television series, Atlantis) and Faraz Ayub (Line of Duty, television, and We Are Monster)
Synopsis: Mona. a young, British Muslim girl, runs away from her family with her Punjabi boyfriend. When her family discover Mona’s disappearance, they are desperate to save face and their ‘honour’ reputation. Mona’s mother and older brother aim to track her down, by employing the services of a bounty hunter.
The director: Shan Khan
Shan Khan is a writer/director who trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He now lives and works in London having moved to the capital from Scotland in 2001. Shan is best known for detective television series, Bombay Blue (1997) and the award-winning short, Candy Bar Kid (2002). His debut feature as writer/director, Honour, went on general release in spring 2014.
Shan has a number of film, television and theatre projects in development, including EAST/WEST (Red Planet Pictures), FIVE PILLARS (BBC) and A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (Stone City Films)
➤ Bombay Blue (1997)
Synopsis: On the trail of local drug dealers in Glasgow, policeman DC Tarun Dev tells a little white lie to leave the cold and wet of the city to relocate to the warmer climes of Bombay. However, neither he nor his boss, Superintendent John Mayberry of the Yard, are prepared for the corruption and violence they encounter in India’s most glamorous, richest city, especially involving the local police force.
Shan starred in this television mini-series (of six, one-hour episodes), as the lead character, DC Tarun Dev. The Channel 4 website gives details of the series and an episode guide online as well as the opportunity to watch each episode on their 4oD digital player.
➤ Candy Bar Kid (2002)
Synopsis: ‘I can’t share this moment with anyone. When I want my treat, I go to my special place, where no one can see. And when I am there, it don’t matter that the city is so bitter, cause no one can touch me; it’s just me and my candy …. Sweet.’
Shan was the writer/director of this Bafta-nominated film in the Best Short Film category. The main role in the film is played by Mark Tonderai, with support from Harris Khan, Hayley Long and Al Pritchard. Watch the film at YouTube (04.36).
➤ Honour (2014)
This feature film (104 minutes) is Shan Khan’s debut credit as writer/director for a full-length movie. The screenplay for Honour was nominated in the 2011 Brit List, which ranks the most liked yet-to-be produced scripts in the UK and Irish film industry. The completed movie was distributed in the UK by Pinewood Pictures, premiering at the Cambridge Film Festival on 27 September 2013 and went on general release to the public on 4 April 2014.
See above for more details: under the heading ‘The feature film: Honour‘.
The producer: Jason Newmark
Jason Newmark is a producer, now working under the company name Jason Newmark Productions. Before producing Honour he was best known for his production work on Creep (2004), Severance (2006) and Triangle (2009).
➤ Creep (2004)
Synopsis: A woman is trapped in a London subway station and is being pursued by a potential attacker. She heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets. The film stars Franka Potente, Sean Harris and Vas Blackwood. A trailer for the 85-minute film can be watched at YouTube (01.45)
➤ Severance (2006)
Synopsis: A group of sales representatives embark on a team-building retreat in the mountains when they are hunted down by crazed killers. The leading cast members are Danny Dyer, Laura Harris and Tim McInnerny. See the trailer for this 96-minute movie at IMDb (01.39)
➤ Triangle (2009)
Synopsis: When struck by mysterious weather conditions, passengers on a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean board a rescue ship, only to experience even greater mayhem on the open seas. The main actors is this movie are Melissa George, Joshua McIvor and Jack Taylor. Watch the trailer for this 99-minute film at IMDb (01.44)
The issues: Jasvinder Sanghera, Karma Nirvana
UK-registered charity, Karma Nirvana, supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The name of the organisation reflects the vision that its charitable work have a positive impact on the lives of affected individuals. By its intervention, Karma Nirvana hopes to enable victims and survivors to regain a sense of peace and to reach eventual enlightenment.
A survivor of forced marriage and honour-based abuse herself, Jasvinder Sanghera established Karma Nirvana in 1993 as a project to create a support network for women who experienced language and cultural barriers. Since the charity’s inception, it has developed from a small-scale local scheme, expanding first to a regional level, then national and now with international reach.
Karma Nirvana supports men and couples, as well as individual women: men can also be victims and survivors of honour-based abuse. The charity aims to raise public awareness on the issues by providing accredited education opportunities in a number of ways: training courses, seminars, conferences and workshops.
Karma Nirvana also set up and operates the National Honour Network Helpline: the first helpline in the UK dedicated to supporting victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The organisation’s expert call handlers deal confidentially with victims and survivors of honour-based abuse providing listening support, suggesting options and offering guidance. Professionals working with these issues in the field are also welcome to call the helpline.
The venue: Leeds Trinity University
The history of Leeds Trinity University began in the 1960s with the establishing of two separate Catholic teacher training colleges: Trinity College (for women) and All Saints College (for men). Both colleges opened in September 1966 and merged in 1980 to become Leeds Trinity & All Saints. The institution gained full university status in 2012 and was rebranded as Leeds Trinity University.
Leeds Trinity University retains its foundation on the Catholic faith: it forms part of an academic tradition that’s celebrates humanity’s capacity to use reason to explore and understand reality. The institution points to Jesus Christ as the one who reveals the complete truth about God and about the human person, yet this orientation seeks to uphold human dignity, so the University is an inclusive organisation that seeks to help every student and member of staff to flourish. The University welcomes members of staff and students who follows religious traditions or who do not profess a personal faith.
The special screening of Honour with the Q&A panel discussion on 8 May 2014 was the first time the Insight Film Festival has held such an event at Leeds Trinity University.
The event: survey feedback
Insight asked each member of the audience at the special screening to complete a short, paper-based survey. The comments we received were positive, enthusiastic and poignant.
The sponsorship opportunity
The special screening of Honour was set up and managed as a pilot project. The event combined the talents, efforts and resources of a number of individuals and organisations in collaboration with the Insight Film Festival, notably:
➤ Shan Khan, director, and Jason Newmark, producer: senior members of the Honour crew;
➤ Leeds Trinity University: for providing the venue and promoting the event;
➤ Pinewood Pictures, the film’s distributor: for bringing Honour to Insight’s attention, helping with logistics and promoting the event;
➤ Karma Nirvana: for backing the project, providing a context for the film and enabling Jasvinder Sanghera to take part in the Q&A panel discussion.
The objective success of the event in terms of the screening of the film, the engaged participation with the panel discussion and the subsequent outcomes has been real and substantial.
The Insight Film Festival wishes to be able to organise and run similar events on faith-based themes – special screenings with informed, expert Q&A panel discussions on social issues related to faith, which aim to have a direct effect on audiences, hoping to inspire people to engage in action locally to promote cohesion within their communities.
We are keen to work in partnership with sponsors to enable similar screenings to happen on a regular basis. We would love to hear from individuals, companies and funding bodies who share our ambition to reach people emotionally and to help to change the way in which they live in their communities for the better.
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The Insight Film Festival publishes interviews on our blog from guests of interest on an ad hoc basis. The Festival is delighted to publish a range of interview pieces on the themes of film and faith, and other subjects, but the personal views expressed in such articles do not reflect the views and opinions of the Insight Film Festival itself, which is an organisation that comprises individuals of many different faiths and none, all of whom have their own personal views and opinions on films, faith and other subjects.