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The London Australian Film Society is proud to present – direct from the Sydney Film Festival – the UK premiere of Partho Sen-Gupta’s Slam (2018), an extraordinary mystery drama about family, identity, and Islamophobia in Australia.

The comfortable life of Sydney café owner and Muslim refugee Ricky (Adam Bakri) is thrown into chaos when his estranged sister Ameena (Danielle Horvat) – a highly politicised, hijab-wearing slam poet – goes missing after a performance. As the search for Ameena intensifies, Ricky is forced to re-evaluate his own identity, whilst doing battle with a right-wing media intent on framing his family as extremists.

Stunningly shot, this complex examination of race and identity in contemporary Australia is aided by a superb ensemble cast led by Rachael Blake (Lantana, Sleeping Beauty). A tough but honest look at the harsh realities of a ‘multicultural’ nation, this gripping drama invests a necessary complexity in its depiction of Australia’s own ‘hostile environment’.

SLAM (2018) poster
SLAM (2018) poster

(2018 / d. Partho Sen-Gupta / Aus-France / 115 minutes)
Cast: Adam Bakri, Rachael Blake, Rebecca Breeds, Danielle Horvat

This special screening will be followed by a panel of media commentators, scholars, and activists (TBA) discussing a range of issues, from screen representation to the broader contexts of Islamophobia in Australia and Britain.

Presented in collaboration with The Riz Test and the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.

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Regent Street Cinema
307 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2HW, UK