For God’s Sake, a short film by debut director Basit Khan, features scenes filled at the Noor Ul Islam Mosque on Yarwood Street in Bury and will premiere this month at HOME Cinema in Manchester.

The film was produced by Jack Clarke, known for the feature film ‘Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist,’ in collaboration with HOME Young Film Collective.

Actor Bhasker Patel with Director Basit Khan and producer Jack Clarke (Image: Juan de Leon-Padmore)

The team behind the film says it pushes boundaries and delves deep into the complexities of South Asian diaspora experience.

For God’s Sake stars Bhasker Patel, who is best known for his role as Rishi Sharma in Emmerdale. He has also appeared in long-running police series The Bill as well as a number of feature films including Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom and Anuvahood.

Director Basit Khan drew inspiration for the film from his own cultural roots in Kashmiri diaspora.

He said: “The film serves as a love letter to the unsung heroes of our communities. It’s for the mothers, sisters, daughters, the dreamers who dared to defy convention.

“Through the stories of their incredible feats of will, we find our own humanity, our own struggles, and ultimately our triumphs, some of those which may be yet to come.”

Isobel Glenton, Creative Development Practitioner for Film & Digital at HOME said: “The production team for For God’s Sake has been working with HOME for almost a year, attending workshops, training sessions, and talks as part of our Young Film Collective programme.

“When we asked the group to pitch ideas and scripts to us for short film funding, we were so impressed with Basit’s evocative, powerful ideas.

“HOME is thrilled to support emerging artists and filmmakers within the region, and this would not be possible without the support of our funding partner.”

The film is showing on the 30th of April, at HOME for a screening that promises to challenge, provoke, and inspire.


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