short film Talking with Angels is a hard hitting examination
of the stigma of schizophrenia. It was directed by Salford man Yousaf
Ali Khan and is based on his childhood experiences.
with Angels star Stephen Buckley
on Langworthy Estate in Salford and featuring a cast drawn largely
from the local area, this short film takes a poignant look at notions
of normality and poverty. Yet despite its humble beginnings, Talking
with Angels could be in line for the most glamorous gong in the
It's been nominated to the Academy Awards panel in the category
of 'Best Short Feature'. And on Tuesday (27 January), it will be
shown in Hollywood to a panel of judges who will decide whether
to shortlist the film for an Oscar.
wanted to film Talking With Angels on Salford's Ellor St Estate
where he used to live before he moved to Langworthy - but it had
just been demolished.
Casting took place in schools and community centres - with the lead
role taken by local lad 12-year-old Stephen Buckley (Find
out more). There are only four professional actors in the
Yousaf says: "You can find talent anywhere, so why shouldnt
that talent come from the community ? I wanted to work in Salford
because thats where I grew up. It would also be in bad taste
not to take into account that you are filming in a community and
you have a responsibility to put something back.
me this film isnt part of a career path. We want to build
some continuity in the area and continue to make films here and
to hold workshops.
Find out more by watching Inside Out, 7.30pm
BBC1 on Monday 26 January 2004
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