A Beautiful Exit
ShibbyDooDah Productions

A Beautiful Exit
ShibbyDooDah Productions

  • Project Details
    A Beautiful Exit is a narrative short film that follows the deterioration of a young British Pakistani man named Yusuf. Struggling in his night shift-based customer service role at a call centre, Yusuf is becoming increasingly doubtful of his ability to progress in society and his acceptance into society. With customers questioning his legitimacy as a British citizen and right to hold his job, he has begun to resent his position and the public to whom he speaks every day.Upon returning home from a laborious and infuriating shift at work, he winds down through monotonous twentieth century hobbies stuck in front of a television and reclusively taking his dinner alone in his bedroom. When his brother Hamzah returns home bloody and beaten, the victim of a racially motivated assault, Yusuf begins to look for a way out of the cycle of monotony and insignificance he finds himself in.After tending to his brother recovering at home, Yusuf notices a leaflet advertising a Far-Right Rally stuffed in his brother’s jacket. Yusuf becomes increasingly perturbed by the discovery of this document and after an outburst at work, quits his job. Concluding that Hamzah’s attackers were a member of this Far-Right group, Yusuf prepares to attend the rally and have his revenge.A Beautiful Exit’s story is underpinned by a simplistic revenge plot. The deeper narrative of the film chronicles, over a short period of time, the manifestation of resentment and anger towards a nation. Feeling like he doesn’t belong, Yusuf is fueled primarily by his urge to bring his pain to a conclusion. This ‘pain’ isn’t necessarily a physical affliction, but more a psychological state of mind and feeling of claustrophobia. This film is a story about a young man looking for a way out. This ‘beautiful’ exit - an act of cathartic revenge or rebellion - framed within a religious or cultural context can be viewed through a religious and/or cultural lens. And it is this reflection that I hope will allow audiences to ask questions about our society and the viewpoints of ethnic minorities in the UK.Key CreativesShahid Malik: Shahid Malik is the British-Pakistani London-based Writer-Director of A Beautiful Exit. He holds a BA (Hons) in English and Film from Queen Mary, University of London and has been writing and directing since 2012.He has produced and directed 3 short films and has also worked as a cinematographer working on digital and 16mm formats. His short film The Conversion was selected for screening in the ‘Young Talent’ category at the Living British Cinema Film Festival 2012 and since then he has worked on music videos and has gained technical industry experience by working at Arri Media UK and more recently in Post Production at Lipsync Post working on BBC’s Small Axe in the DI.  Shahid is a passionate filmmaker with exciting new ideas and has a distinctively stylish filmmaking approach. Siobhan Hodges: Siobhan Hodges, also a former employee of Lipsync Post, is a Writer and Producer. She holds a BA (Hons) in Film & TV Production and has recently founded ShibbyDooDah Productions for her freelance work, whilst currently working as a Production Coordinator for Pharmaceuticals advertisements.
  • Production Type
    Short Films
  • Union Status
    N/A
  • Location
    London
  • Dates & Location
    26th - 28th March
  • Closing Date
    5th Mar 2022
  • Roles
  • No Pay
    40
    18
    Male
    Yusuf
    White / European Descent | Black / African Descent | Latino / Hispanic | Asian | South Asian / Indian | Indigenous Peoples | Middle Eastern | Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander | Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial
  • No Pay
    40
    18
    Male
    Hamzah
    White / European Descent | Black / African Descent | Latino / Hispanic | Asian | South Asian / Indian | Indigenous Peoples | Middle Eastern | Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander | Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial
  • No Pay
    99
    30
    Male
    Rich Superior
    White / European Descent | Black / African Descent | Latino / Hispanic | Asian | South Asian / Indian | Indigenous Peoples | Middle Eastern | Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander | Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial
  • No Pay
    99
    22
    Racist Thugs (Non-Speaking) x 5
    White / European Descent | Black / African Descent | Latino / Hispanic | Asian | South Asian / Indian | Indigenous Peoples | Middle Eastern | Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander | Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial