8 - 17 August 2019

Blinded by the light

Blinded by the light

English
Victorian Premiere
It's 1987 in Luton, a factory town north of London besieged by racial and economic turmoil, where Pakistani British teenager Javed finds himself yearning to follow his creative passions as the means to escape from both his rundown hometown and the rules of his very traditional father. As he unexpectedly discovers the music of American rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his lyrics about working class life, Javed finds not only a cathartic parallel to his own life in Luton but the inspiration and courage to stand up and challenge familial and cultural expectations, discovering his own voice and navigating his dreams to become a writer and transform his life.
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Festivals and Awards
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
Director
  • Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges
Cast
  • Viveik Kalra as Javed, Nell Williams as Eliza, Aaron Phagura as Roops, Kulvinder Ghir as Malik, Meera Ganatra as Noor, Dean-Charles Chapman as Matt, Hayley Atwell as Ms Clay and Tara Divina as Yasmeen.
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