Director: Jeffrey Walker
2016
115 minutes

A true story. Unfortunately.

Meet Ali, the charming son of a Muslim cleric who,┬ádespite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices.

Ali dreams big – he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get good enough marks. And above all he wants to make his father proud. Really proud. So what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? Fake it. Because as the son of the cleric, he doesn’t have a choice. It’s one bad decision after another as Ali’s wayward quest to please his father and his God spirals out of control, with cataclysmic consequences.

Ali’s Weddingis an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multicultural Australia. Depicting the lives of a Muslim family in Melbourne with authenticity and warmth, it finds the common bonds of all families: parents who want the best for their children and children who are trying to work out their place in the world.

Festivals: Sydney Film Festival; Melbourne International Film Festival; Cinefest OZ; Adelaide Film Festival

Awards:

  • AWG Most Outstanding Script
  • Original Feature Film – Cinefest OZ 2017
  • Sydney Film Festival: Audience Award 2017
  • Melbourne International Film Festival: The Age Critics Award 2017
  • AACTA 2017 Awards – 7 nominations
  • SPA Screen Forever Feature Nomination

Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Film Victoria, White Hot Productions, Matchbox Pictures

Film Type Feature Fiction
Director Jeffrey Walker
Producer Sheila Jayadev, Helen Panckhurst
Writer Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami
Cast Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Heana Sawires