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'Poor People are allowed to have the same dreams as anyone else.' Boot Polish is a magical short film about a shoe shine boy Babar who becomes emotionally involved with a courtesan.
BELOW - NO GUTS NO GLORY..
Broken up into 10 min 6 parts for easier viewing 1,2,3,4,5,6
produced & directed by aneel ahmad 2008
A detailed behind this scenes documentary. Shooting in Lahore Pakistan. This film follows the directors trek from England to Pakistan and the number of difficulties he faced trying to make a short film. The Documentary covers a wide range of stories and social issues including poverty, and humantarian issues.
Aneel Ahmad & Boot Polish Shortlisted TOP 20 FINALIST for Worlds Most Prestigious Incircle Grant Circle 2007
The Panelists & Speakers Include - Harvey Weinstein (Producer)Thomas Augsberger - President, Eden Rock Media, Akifumi Sugihara - President and COO, AMG Entertainment, Anant Singh - CEO, VideoVision Entertainment, Ashok Amritraj - Chairman and CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment, Craig A. Emanuel - Partner and Chair, Los Angeles Entertainment Dept., Loeb & Loeb, David Thompson - Head, BBC Films, Deborah Zipser - Head of Business Affairs, River Road Entertainment , Hal S. Sadoff - Head of International and Independent Film, ICM, Isabel Begg - Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager, BBC Films, Mark Damon - CEO, Foresight Unlimited, Parminder Vir OBE- Executive Producer/Consultant, Ingenious World Cinema, Peter Watson - Managing Director, Recorded Picture Company, Robert Hayward - Chief Operating Officer, Summit Entertainment, Ted Sarandos - Chief Content Officer, Netflix,Deborah Zipser Head of Business Affairs, River Road Entertainment ,Nansun Shi Producer, Film Workshop (Hong Kong), Branko Listig Producer, AMERICAN GANGSTER, GLADIATOR, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Croatia), Andrew Marcus Executive Vice President, Relativity Media (USA),Ryan Kavanaugh President and CEO, Relativity Media (USA),Paul Federbush Senior VP of Production and Acquisitions, Warner Independent Pictures (USA), Deepak Nayar -Executive Producer, Kintop Pictures (UK/India) Eric Pascal - Managing Director - Middle East and North, Ted Sarandos - Chief Content Officer, Netflix (USA), Akifumi Sugihara - President and COO, AMG Entertainment (Japan), Graham Taylor - Head of Independent Film, Endeavor Agency (USA),Esaad Younes - Chairperson and CEO, Arabia Cinema ,Nansun Shi - Producer, Film Workshop (Hong Kong)
In JANUARY 2008 aneel was selected on the Babylon 2008 ROTTERDAM Feature Film Development workshop, In association and co-produced by Scenario Films, Cine Sud Promotions, Script House (GERMANY)and Mira Media, hosted by the Goethe Institut(HOLLAND), and funded by the CNC, British Council, Dutch Film Fund, Vienna Film Fund and the UK Film Council.
Confirmed Guest Speakers and Contributors
Marc Boothe (B3 Media, UK), Tony Dennis (Producer/Writer, UK) Fiona Howe (Scenario Films, UK) Gareth Jones (Scenario Films, UK) Thierry Lenouvel (Ciné-Sud Promotion, France) Jürgen Seidler (ScriptHouse, Germany) Christoph Thoke (Mogador Film, Germany,Alan Fountain (EAVE, Luxembourg) Peter Zawrel (Film Fonds Wien/Vienna Film Fund) Ute Ganschow (Nipkow Foundation) Georges Goldenstern (Cinefondation) Michel Reilhac (ARTE France CinémaXavier) Merlin (CNC) Binger Institute.
NORTH WEST VISION & UK FILM COUNCIL/ Selected by the British Council 2007/08
The principal CREW/CAST for BOOT POLISH
The film was made with a multicultural World Crew.
Australia, Denmark, England, India, Pakistan, Portugal
Format: HD- High Definition
Year of Production: 2007
DRAMA: Fictional Story
Running Time: 15 mins
A film by aneel ahmad
Written,and Directed by aneel ahmad
Produced by Kelly Broad & aneel ahmad
Cast: Preeya as Lalita
Chutki Naseer as Babar
Mohammad Haroon as The Man
Hassena Bibi as Madam 1
Shaban Bibi as Madam 2
Sher Ali as Police Officer
Nasheele Bibi as Barbar's Mother
Nidi Malik, Saba Sheikh, Adda Butt, Rukhsar Khan, Razia Binish Khan, Bina, Saba as the Dancing Girls
Co - Producer Eleanor Ford
Executive Producers: Tom Gabbutt for North West Vision, Rebecca Mark-Lawson for UK Film Council
Editor: aneel ahmad, Ajay Bahdresa
Sound Design/MIX:Tiago Sousa, Paul Maunder
Foley Editor: Peter Bailey
ADR Voice Over: Mohammad Sami Haque, David Portlock, Jemshaid Ashraf, Julie Desouza
Directors of Photography: Nouman Younis & Ian Burton
Associate Producers: Andrea Farrena, Dr Nasir Baig, Shahzad Irshad
Production Coordinator: Iftikhar U-Din
Music/written & Composed by: Sohail Salamat
1st Assistant Director: Jemshaid Ashraf
2nd Assistant Director: Waseen Ali
Sound Recordist: Hafeez Ahmed
Boom Operator: Tahir Ali
Lighting: Noman Ahmed
Lighting Assistants: Mohammad Khuram & Tanveer Ahmed
Head Gaffer: Abbas Khan
Crane Operator: Kahalak Datt, Mohammad Ramzan, Goga
Dolly/Grip: Naveed Saddique
Grip: Asif Iqbal
Gaffers: Muzafar Khan, Hamid Shah, Rafiq Javid, Riaz H. Salim, Johnny Malik
Lighting Technicians: Mosin Janghir, Tafeeq Al- Hamil
Time Concept Production Company PK (Lahore)
Production Manager: Rashid Farooq
Production Unit Manager: Aslam Chisti
The Crews Production Company PK (Karachi)
Production Managers: Khalid Ali & Mateen Butt
Production Assistants: Mohammad Shahzad, Jabru, Mohammad Riaz, Adnan Nawaz, Julie Abraham, Anita Lubna
Production Assistants UK: Jaleel Ahmad, Reza Babai, Hussein Mamoo
Costume Designer: Najan Gillan
Dress Maker: Basharat Ali
Hair/Make-up: Safdar Ali, Zara Afshan
Diplex Studios Lahore
Hair/Make-up Stylists: Jango, Asmah Lodhi, Afshan Rashid, Zara Choudhury, Farah Khan
Choreographer: Papu Ejaz Samrat
Assistant Choreographer: Syed Yaya Safdar
Assistant Choreographer: Ali Jaan
Set Decorators: Imtiaz Kaliq, Alina Afzal, Shamila Khan, Abdullah Hamza
Set Designer: Tanvir Fatima, Afraz Saeed
Casting Director: Ghulam Rasool
Stills Photographer: Shahid Rafiq
Locations Village (Lahore) Manager: Moon Younas
Food Street Location: Khawaja Shaqeel Ahmed
Locations Managers (Multan)
Cholistan Desert (province of Punjab, Pakistan)
Imran Ahmed, Shamim Ahmed Malik, Bobby Saddique, El Ghana.
Azad Kashmir - Pakistan
Location Manager Malum Jabba (White Palace): Shamim Ahmed Malik
Accommodation PDTC Hotels: Sheikh Fayaz
Locations Malum Jabba: Mohammad Nazir
Caterers (Zee Grill) Johar Town
BNU University - Lahore
Proffessor Naveed Shahzad
Proffessor Saeed Ul Rehman
Translation: Deepa Parekh
Accommodation Owner: Haji Rana Munawa Hussein
Manager: Rana Mohmmad Awais
Manager: Rana Mohammad Zubair
Transport: Saharah Tours
Dr Mohammad Arif
Production Drivers: Sabar Ali, Bau Nazir
Security: Mohammad Haroon, Rizwhan Mehboob
Insurers: Allen, Chapman & James (UK)
HiDef Cameras by: Lighthouse Films & Simon Normanton (UK)
Lighting by: BARI studios (Pakistan) Zaraq Bari
Evernew Studios (Pakistan)
Post Production: 3SixtyMedia Manchester UK
Post Production: John Mariner
Post Production Supervisor: Chris Clarkson
Senior Colourist: Neil Parker
3Sixty Media Team: Helen Dean
POST PRODUCTION GRANADA TELEVISION MANCHESTER
Special thanks to Stewart Till CBE, Sir Ridley Scott, Sir Alan Parker, Sir Gerald Kaufman, Mike Leigh, Imran Khan, Timothy Bricknell, Ben Spencer, Yousaf Ali Khan, Simon Hewlett, Adrian Horsford, Karen Johnson, Ruth Caleb, Leslee Udwin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Bray, Jonnie Turpie, Andy Porter, Natasha Carlish, Alice Morrision, Magic Burman, Yousaf Sala u-Din and Brenna Rangott.
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously of their time and skill to make this film. It is dedicated with love to the children of Lahore.
aneel ahmad and UK Film Council 2007
Hope all the best for your movie. Your Friend...
(QUENTIN TARANTINO Movie Director Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs)
Thank you for sending me BOOT POLISH.
I was deeply impressed by the high level of skill that went into making it. It is a very moving film, distressing and at the same time life affirming. You clearly have a great future as a film maker
Yours sincerely, Gerald Kaufman
(The Rt. Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman M.P/ House Of Commons)
(97 -05) Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Total respect! Wonderful film, love your politics.
You are one of the very few film makers addressing the important issues in this world.
Now for the Feature :)
Yousaf Ali Khan (Writer/Director)
TALKING WITH ANGELS
Bafta Nominated Shorts Skin Deep, Talking with Angels
Many congratulations, this film is a superb achievement .. I hope it..s everything you wanted it to be and more.
I am really delighted to see how youve progressed this project without any hesitation or distraction from your path .. you..ve really got what it takes to be what you want to be, and I..m glad that you know it.
Ive seen a lot of people come through these offices trying to make films, some have succeeded and some have not .. but I can tell you that I dont think any of them had the spirit and passion for film and people that you have. Its a real shame you never met Ismail .. he would have understood you.
Boot Polish is beautifully acted and the photography is superb, I..m so pleased you..ve got this made.
Ben Spencer (Associate Producer)
(Oscar/Bafta winning films Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, Howards End, White Countess)
Merchant Ivory Productions Limited
Ismail Merchant (5th Dec 1936 - 25 May 2005)
Watched it last night, Mazeltov! It's beautiful. Congratulations on realising your vision. A real labour of love. I liked the delicate and oblique storytelling; it's sort of restrained but deeply romantic and passionately felt. Terrific performances. Some stunning images.
Well done. Be proud.
(Paul Morrison Oscar Nominated Award winning films Solomon and Gaenor, Wondrous Oblivion)
Great to see you developing your art. Re Boot Polish. Loved the way that you told a simple story through imagery that was full of passionate intensity, and that managed to encompass both the mundanity of poverty and the romanticism of love in the same piece.
A real piece of cinematic short film making, Would love to see it on the big screen. And roll on the feature.
All the best,
Andy Porter ( Bafta Oscar Nominated - Film Producer) Project Director - Hi8us South
"I first came across Aneel a few years ago. I was on a panel at a Drama Conference and a young man in the audience (Aneel of course) let us know in no uncertain terms that we were a 'bunch of tossers' who failed to recognise his talent and his individual voice - and you know, he was right!!
Thanks for letting me see BOOT POLISH - knowing how long this project has been your passion.
It is a real achievement. Congratulations - BOOT POLISH is an impressive and humane work"
With very best wishes
(Multi Bafta Winning Film Producer/Executive Producer)
Drama Production & BBC Films
BBC Vision Studios
Thanks so much for letting us have a look at your short Boot Polish. You've done an incredible job and produced a strong, visually arresting piece,
Again, well done. Kind regards,
Ruby Films (Alison Owen Oscar/Bafta Winning Producer Elizabeth,Sylvia, Proof)
Boot Polish is a real achievement - it definitely has the look of a short three or four times the budget. There is a brooding beauty to many of the shots which builds a sense of impending doom.
It certainly has different and bigger ambitions from many of the shorts being made in the UK.
At times the short has real power, though I found a few moments where the weight of symbolism and statement of the connection between the story of the boy and the young woman felt somewhat heavy-handed. For example, her watching him being beaten in the street and then reprimanded herself by the madam; him spying on her whirling and dancing like a trapped bird.
This is of course partly a question of storytelling tradition and partly a matter of taste but for me the film often worked best in its quieter more intimate moments.
Nevertheless its a bold film and I would be interested to know what you are going to do next? Will you explore pushing this style of storytelling further or turning your attention again to something totally different?
with best regards
Channel 4/FILM4 ( Multi Bafta/Oscar winning company -Senior Executive Commissioner Slumdog Millionare)
Congratulations on the very well deserved award and on a very beautifully executed and heartfelt piece of work. A real achievement and once again it shows your talent, compassion and vision as a filmmaker who has plenty to say.
I wish you all the very best with it and also with all your future projects.
Natasha Carlish (BAFTA winning short film Brown Paper Bag) Film Producer DREAMFINDER PRODUCTIONS
You are extremely tenacious and therefore will find success.
Very best wishes, liz
Chairman and CEO of Shine Limited
(Multi Award Winning Production company)
It's so heartening to see a little piece of poetry like this come out of the UK. Aneel Ahmad deftly draws together the threads of two young lives connected chiefly by their enslavement to poverty, to tell a bittersweet tale of hope and disillusionment.
The narrative subsists on nuance and fleeting, elliptical moments from these converging destinies. But it's the combination of imagery, by turns brutal and soaring, together with the underlying thematic power, which make this such a deeply emotional film. An impressive achievement.
Fiona Howe Producer (Scenario Films, UK)
Il corto (Boot Polish) mi è piaciuto molto, fatto benissimo, tecnicamnete perfetto, e molto poetico.
(ENGLISH) Dear Aneel
I liked the short (Boot Polish) very much, it's very well done, technically perfect, very poetic.
compliments to you Aneel
Ciao Daniele Segre
TORINO Film Commission (ITALY)
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Aneel & Ellie on a rekky in Lahore Pakistan for BOOT POLISH 2005
Below are COMMENTS FOR WAITING FOR SUNRISE 2004 - A short documentary made in 2004/05
'POOR PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE THE SAME DREAMS AS ANYONE ELSE'. if you get to watch Boot Polish then you will defo understand the words above.
WAITING FOR SUNRISE
WINNER of the UNITED NATIONS UNICEF AWARD 2005
Shortlisted FINAL 8 for one of the most Prestigous Documentary Awards in the UK. THE GRIERSON AWARDS 2006. This film went on to make appearances at festivals around the WORLD and was selected by THE BRITISH COUNCIL FOR FILMS/ARTS
Waiting for Sunrise - was incredibly powerful and effective. It was a brave attempt to highlight a delicate subject, which is never easy but I felt it had the right balance of fact and emotion. It was hard-hitting and to the point.
Thanks again for letting us see your films
Good luck with all your future projects.
Best Abbie Browne
Assistant to Mike Leigh
Thin Man Productions ltd
Mike Leigh Film-maker Oscar/ Multi BAFTA winning Films
Vera Drake, Topsy Turvy, Secrets & Lies, Naked, A Sense of History
Thank you very much for sending me the film which I have viewed. It is a fantastic film. 'This is a very powerful and moving film which communicates the close up reality of poverty very effectively. It encourages us to redouble our efforts to help create a better world through better communication.'
Well done Regards,
Director, BT Corporate Responsibility
I watched 'Waiting for Sunrise' - powerful content, it leaves its mark and I agree that it cries out for a longer documentary. I congratulate you on your tenacity and passion to make this project a reality. I wish you the best of luck with your endeavor.
Simon Hewlett (Twentieth Century Fox – Managing Director uk) www.foxmovies.com
Dear Aneel Ahmad
Waiting for Sunrise: The filming in Lahore was very well done. It's a very disturbing subject and some of your images are hard to take — but it's a raw and effective piece in its short length. I don't think it should be longer. It's succinct, makes it's point and I'm not sure it would work in a longer form.
In short, keep going. You're a long way from getting where you want to be.
I wish you well. Best,
Sir Alan Parker Writer/Producer/Director. Oscar/ Multi BAFTA winning Films
Bugsy Malone, The Wall (Pink Floyd), Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita.
There are many films made each year but few address such poignant issues as your film does. Your film is one of those rare achievements that make you stop, think and assess what you are doing in this world. In 6 minutes you achieve more than many in 60 minutes. Waiting For Sunrise gives a voice to the dispossessed and abused poor of this world; a voice we all need not only to listen to but also to act on.
I hope and am sure I will see more 'films of conscience' from you.
Talking With Angels
Yousaf Ali Khan Writer/Director
(BAFTA Nominated) Shorts SKIN DEEP, TALKING WITH ANGELS
"Waiting For Sunrise" is a professionally executed documentary which communicates the problems and suffering of these brave children in an extremely powerful way. Film-makers like yourself are very important to our industry, bringing to light situations and people often hidden from the world.
We wish you every success and luck with this documentary and all your future work.
Best Wishes, Ridley Scott
Sir Ridley Scott (Oscar/Multi Bafta Winning Films) Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, kingdom of Heaven.
Thank you so much for sending WAITING FOR SUNRISE. I found it very moving and extremely thought-provoking. This is such a topical area and there is obviously plenty of material here for an important documentary. I very much hope you get the support you deserve to pursue this. Congratulations on your achievement so far, and I wish you the best of luck with it.
Kind regards, Development Executive Amelia Granger Working Title Films
Waiting for Sunrise is a powerful and moving piece that holds great potential for a longer documentary. Congratulations on a successful film and we wish you the best of luck with all your future endeavours.
Rachael Prior Development executive WT2
Working Title Films
(Multi Bafta winning films) Four weddings and a Funeral, Shawn of the Dead, Bridget Jone's Diary
Dear Aneel, Waiting for Sunrise's 6 minutes, are very hard to watch – Its portrayal of the brutality of poverty being poignantly achieved. I wish you every success in continuing to make films of conscience and applaud your dedication to find the means to do so. Best wishes,
Timothy Bricknell/ Executive Producer
Associate Producer (Oscar winning film COLD MOUNTAIN)
Your film is a courageous effort to convey something of the horror of poverty that is so close to all of us and which most of us desperately try to ignore. I wish you more success in making films of passion. Best wishes,
Ben Spencer Producer
(Oscar/Bafta winning films Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, Howards End.
Merchant Ivory Productions Limited
Your short is very powerful and impactful. You must be very proud of it. best regards
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer United International Pictures www.uip.co.uk
This is a tough, ambitious, and surprisingly beautiful piece of work, which gives a measured insight into a disturbing and violent place. Its restraint adds to the power of its material, and its contributors speak to us in authentic and unvarnished tones, but also with dignity. The film maintains respect for its protagonists, even while it exposes he horror of these children's lives.
Executive Editor, Children's Education
It's a splendid six minute short. It's moving and effectively shows the plight of these young street kids. I'd have thought that you have the material here for a strong documentary. Good luck.
With very best wishes
Ruth Caleb (Feature Film Bullet Boy)
Exec/Producer BBC FILMS
"I applaud your passion for your subject and your courage, enterprise and persistence in shining a spotlight on this incredibly important subject". All best,
Film Producer (BAFTA winning Feature Film EAST is EAST) Assassin Films
It is clear from your ability to make and publicise your documentary with such a tight budget, that your passion to tell what some people would prefer to ignore, is fired by both strong self motivation and also compassion. Well done & I wish you much success in the future.
Robert Bray - ( Oscar winning short film WASP )
Executive Producer/ Managing Director Cowboy Films www.cowboyfilms.co.uk
Waiting For Sunrise is a very strong film. Capturing the pain of poverty and how harshly it affects the young both physically and psychologically. I hope this is your springboard to make the drama your concerns, commitment and imagination deserves.
( C4 Series BOLLYWOOD STAR )
Executive Chairman Maverick Television
www.mavericktv.co.uk (England UK)
Managed to see 6 minute version and I think it's very moving, really well filmed and an exceptionally important piece of work.
Waiting for sunrise is an incredibly important piece of work. It is tremendously moving and beautifully shot. Aneel has found the poetry in poverty and made a film which gives it's contributors a voice and a sense of dignity. This is a film that all the spoilt Western kids should watch and realise just how fortunate they are.
Natasha Carlish (BAFTA winning short film Brown Paper Bag) Film Producer
" You have treated some very difficult subject matter in a very visual way. There are some beautiful shots in this film and the passion the filmmaker has for his subject comes through."
Chief Executive NORTH WEST VISION
I found 'Waiting for Sunrise' really powerful. A difficult subject handled with sensitivity and integrity. The film was of a quality that belies its low budget. A serious piece of filmaking. Its emotional temperature seemed right for a subject that could be sensationalised or sentimentalised. It had integrity, and politics.
Well done Andy Porter
Company Director/Executive Producer (OSCAR nominated film Solomon and Gaenor)
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