31 August 2017
A multi award winning romantic comedy set in Melbourne’s Islamic community opens in Australian cinemas today.
Supported by the Victorian Government through Film Victoria’s Assigned Production Investment Fund, Ali’s Wedding is the story of a well-intended young man who is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations while falling in love for the first time.
It is based on the life of writer/actor Osamah Sami, the Iraqi-Australian son of a respected Muslim cleric, who has transformed his own romantic misadventures into a bona fide hit.
Co-written with Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), Ali’s Wedding won Best Feature Screenplay at the Australian Writers Guild awards last October.
The film debuted at Sydney Film Festival earlier this year, winning the Audience Award for Best Feature, then travelled to the Melbourne International Film Festival where it collected The Age Critics Award for Best Australian Feature.
This week it was announced that Ali’s Wedding had won the most valuable award in Australian cinema, the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize, following a unanimous vote by the judges.
Critics have also been united in their praise of the film, which explores community, family duty and cultural stereotypes with joyful humour, bringing a little-seen corner of multicultural Australia into the mainstream.
Surfing in on this wave of acclaim, Ali’s Wedding lands in select cinemas today.
Osamah Sami appeared at Dandenong Library on Friday 1 September as part of Melbourne Writers Festival.