Hampstead Arts Festival WORDS Weekend Day 2

13 November 2016
  • 11:30

Hampstead Arts Festival WORDS Weekend Day 2

Sunday, 13th November, 11.30am

Shamim Sarif interviewed by Helen O’Hara


Shamim Sarif is an author, screenwriter and director known for her female-led casts in films like the semi-autobiographical lesbian / Indian / Muslim / Arab / Christian love story ‘I Just Can’t Think Straight’. We’ll ask about the challenges she faced and overcame, and her latest film, ‘Despite The Falling Snow.’

Shamim Sarif is an award-winning British novelist screenwriter, and feature film director. 

Shamim’s latest feature as writer/director is Despite the Falling Snow, which released theatrically in the UK in April 2016. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible 5, Girl on a Train) and Charles Dance and is an epic story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia based on her second novel, published by Hodder Headline and St Martin’s Press to universal acclaim.

Her first feature film ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ won 11 awards. Her follow up movie ‘The World Unseen’ had its debut at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival before going on to garner 23 awards internationally, including 11 SAFTAs (South African Film Awards).  Her third film, a documentary called The House of Tomorrow, was shot on location in Israel and Palestine.
The World Unseen book won the Pendleton May First Novel Award, and the prestigious Betty Trask Award. It was selected for inclusion at all the major UK book festivals, including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.

Her next book and film, The Artemis Protocol, is a contemporary action thriller with female protagonists.
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Her corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in London and Viacom in New York.