Ali's Wedding 18+
A true story. Unfortunately.
Meet Ali, the charming son of a Muslim cleric who despite 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 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 Wedding is an affectionate and poignant story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural 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.
In attendance at the Gala Screening on October 28 will be Jeffrey Walker (director), Andrew Knight (co-writer), Sheila Jayadev (producer), Helen Panckhurst (producer) and Osamah himself (co-writer, lead actor). Following this Gala Screening, ticket holders are invited to come to the afterparty at Tandanya for drinks with these honoured guests of the Festival.
Director Jeffrey Walker | Producer Sheila Jayadev, Helen Panckhurst | Screenwriter Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami | cinematographer Don McAlpine ACS ASC | Editor Geoffrey Lamb | Cast Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires | Other Key Crew Don McAlpine (Director of Photography), Geoffrey Lamb (Editor), Nigel Westlake (Composer), Tom Heuzenroeder (Sound Designer), Paul Heath (Production Designer), Anna Borghesi (Costume Designer), Allison Meadows, Mullinars Consultants (Casting), Ian Kirk, Tony Ayres, Michael McMahon, Greg Sitch, Nina Stevenson (Executive Producers)
Jeffrey Walker started his career as an actor in the Australian film industry at the age of seven. He was a lead in many different series, totalling more than 200 episodes. In 1997, Jeffrey won the Australian Film Institute's Best Young Actor Award for his title role in The Wayne Manifesto.
For over a decade, Jeffrey helmed major Australian television productions shown domestically and around the world; Chris Lilley's Angry Boys for HBO, Rake (Australia), H2O: Just Add Water, the Emmy nominated Dance Academy and most recently the prestigious Jack Irish TV movies, which won Jeffrey the Australian Academy award for Best Direction in Television - the youngest recipient of this award. As well as this, he has won 4 Australian Directors Guild awards in the past 5 years, and received a further 3 nominations for his various comedic and dramatic works. Jeffrey has directed episodes across eleven series, including Modern Family, Backstrom, Raising Hope, Bones, Mixology, Rake and the critically acclaimed Difficult People.
In 2014, Jeffrey directed the prestigious BBC mini-series, Banished, written by multi-BAFTA and Emmy winner, Jimmy McGovern - released internationally in 2015. His creative and intelligent approach to direction and story-telling has Jeffrey in demand in Australia, the UK and in his new home, Los Angeles in both the television and feature world. His first feature film, Ali's Wedding will be released in 2016 and he is currently in post production on the feature film of Dance Academy.
Jeffrey has directed over 90 hours of television and is 32 years old.