After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl. For general enquiries please contact us via [email protected] In the case of the new Australian movie Ali's Wedding, Osamah Sami had to play down some of his real life experiences when making the autobiographical film. But this was 2005, not long after the London and Madrid train bombings. I go to the shower and shampoo and condition my hair as a Muslim.’ ”. Publicity Listings Say kia ora to the New Zealand movie collection at SBS On Demand The film is based on a few chapters of Sami's 2015 book Good Muslim Boy, which recounts his childhood in Iran, his journey to Australia, his quest to fit into his new life, and then 2013 journey he made with his father back to Iran. Melbourne Theatre Company acknowledges the Yalukit Willam Peoples of the Boon Wurrung, the First Peoples of Country on which Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ stand. "For example, the scene where I get interrogated at the airport [in the United States] - that was a 26 hour interrogation and it ended up being one short scene in the film.
SBS Movies managing editor Fiona Williams offers her pick of the movies coming to SBS On Demand this month. “It’s draining. Agent A.A.M, Other Works He has since gone on to work regularly in film, theatre and television. Sami’s father, a Shiite cleric from Iraq, had been a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein. He speaks Arabic, Farsi and English, which he says gives versatility to his acting career: ‘Yes, I can play both an Iranian asylum seeker and an Arab terrorist.’ He starred opposite Claudia Karvan in the SBS drama Saved and in Belvoir’s production of Baghdad Wedding. He attended classes and tutorials, without being detected by his parents or the faculty. At the end of [the day], it's an Australian story.". It’s time to reconsider ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ The production will tour to regional schools from 4-15 May, with a performance at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on 18 May. Match a meal from SBS Food with a movie at SBS On Demand, for the perfect night in.
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. This interview first appeared in Scenes, MTC’s quarterly subscriber magazine. "There's more than half a million of us in this country, and yet the narrative that we're exposed to about my community is one that the majority of the majority of us don't experience, but we're affected by those negative portrayals. Osamah Sami and Rodney Afif in Good Muslim Boy at the Malthouse in Melbourne. Osamah Sami, Actor: Ali's Wedding. We pay our respects to all of Melbourne’s First Peoples, to their ancestors and Elders, and to our shared future. Nicole Nabout rounds out the three-person cast, playing a range of roles from a homeless person to Sami’s mother. Osamah Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, poet, and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. He met his Kurdish wife, Osamah’s mother, in an Iranian refugee camp.  It was also Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards that same year. From Campion to Waititi we have a collection of films from one of the most picturesque countries in the world for you to explore at SBS On Demand. ", Wednesday 27 May, 7:30pm on SBS World Movies (now streaming at SBS On Demand). He is a passionate supporter of the Essendon Bombers. Pauline Hanson, please see my film Ali's Wedding. ‘It was too much for the American officials to digest that Osamah and Ali and Mustafah had come to America to do Saddam – the Musical.
So far the Melbourne-based writer and comedian has explored his early years in a film, Ali’s Wedding, a memoir, Good Muslim Boy, and its synonymous play, which picks up where Ali’s Wedding left off. Due to current workplace restrictions, the MTC Box Office phone line is closed until further notice. The group was interrogated for twenty hours before being handcuffed and deported. In front of an audience. Yes, it might be bizarre and some of the events are, on reflection, extraordinary, but at the time they were happening they were just life.". Osamah Sami has taken Socrates’ dictum to heart: the unexamined life is not worth living. Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand this month. For details regarding cancelled performances, please, From the Reading Room | Interview with Osamah Sami. Osamah Sami (born 10 March 1983 in Qom, Iran) is an Australian stage and screen actor, writer, spoken word artist, and stand-up comedian of Iraqi origin.
He's proud to have made a film that presents a migrant story and a Muslim story in a relatable and funny way to mainstream Australian audiences.
At the centre of the story is Ali, played quite engagingly by actor and comedian Osama Sami, who also collaborated with highly-awarded Australian writer Andrew Knight on the screenplay. What unfolds next is a Kafkaesque nightmare of dealing with Iranian red tape of death certificates, logistics and burial law, as well as a road trip across Iran – to get to the Australian embassy – involving transport mishaps in the vein of Trains, Planes and Automobiles. "He taught me to be free, to be myself, and to be true to myself," Sami says. MTC Education’s I Call My Brothers was written by Swedish writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri and follows the main character, Amor, played by Osamah, as he goes about his business in a city in the hours after a terrorist attack. SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 18 - 24 May.
While there he fell in love with a legitimate medical student, which was particularly problematic as his family was in the process of organising his arranged marriage. Find out what's screening where and when. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. | It could have been a Chinese story, it could have been a Ukrainian story. His performance in Trial of Saddam, where he played Saddam Hussein, was very successful amongst the Iraqi community in Australia. I go to the shower and shampoo and condition my hair as a Muslim.” ’. “I was bawling my eyes out.”. Every night. Osamah Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, poet, and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. The events of the play are “zero per cent deviation” from real life events, says Sami, whose real-life father – a highly respected Muslim cleric – died at the age of 50 in Tehran while the pair were on holidays. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. , Sami also co wrote and starred in Ali's Wedding, which earned him an Australian Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as a nomination for Best Lead Actor. Out of control. The authorities took particular interest in certain text discussions Osamah had on his phone concerning a terrorist cell called Essendon Football Club, suspiciously known as the Bombers. Get your heart racing with the thriller collection at SBS On Demand The script, a collaboration between director Janice Muller and Sami, took a year to write, as the pair went back and forth with edits. | Now a father himself to two girls, Sami says he tries to ensure his daughters feel free to be whoever they want to be. “I find it easier to express emotion in Arabic – but Persian is poetic.”. Written by his father in Arabic and rehearsed in the local mosque, the show had already been a hit among the Iraqi community in Australia. It was on that trip that his father died suddenly, aged just 50, and in the midst of his own grieving, had to organise for his father's body to be shipped home to Australia. Osamah Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, poet, and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents.His critically acclaimed memoir Good Muslim Boy was the Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award and Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and has also been adapted for the stage by Malthouse Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre.Osamah also co-wrote and starred in the smash-hit Aussie film Ali's Wedding, which was the Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Sydney Film Festival, and won The Age Critics Prize for Best Australian Film.
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