El Hosaini’s film about gangs wins her gong at Evening Standard Film Awards
Monday 04 February 2013
She never went to film school, and her debut movie about gay Arab gangsters was nearly derailed by real-life riots.
But last night Sally El Hosaini walked away with the Most Promising Newcomer crown at the London Evening Standard Film Awards.
The 32-year-old, who has Welsh-Egyptian parentage, was honoured for directing her first picture My Brother the Devil, which was six years in the making. The film about gun crime, sexuality and gangs had already earned her the best newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival last year.
During the London riots in the summer of 2011 she was testing cameras in Hackney, when violence erupted on the streets of the capital. She said the events “underlined” why she had remained committed to raising money for the film, adding that there had never been a time when an “honest depiction of this world and disenfranchised youth” was needed more.
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