Photo Booth

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1970s London, a rom-com with an important message facing first generation immigration, and how this affects a couple’s identity.

PHOTO BOOTH is a romantic comedy drama set in 1970s London, where an  immigrant couple attempt to navigate Great Britain -- and each other. Mina and Feras are a typical  couple: they laugh, they cry, they fight, they make up. Today they are taking the perfect ‘couples  photo’ in their local station’s photo booth, but as their opposing views on the relationship start to  unravel, their future together seems to slip further and further out of frame. A mix of irreverent  humour with social realism, the film is a testament to those living life on history’s sidelines. 

Director Roxy Rezvany -a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent from London -' ‘Photo Booth’ is something I wrote out of both passion and frustration.  First and foremost, I was creating characters that would celebrate the immigrant generation of my  parents. This was not just in terms of a migration story, but a specific “first generation”  paradoxical personality that I wanted to bring to life. They are street-smart but naive, thick skinned but devastatingly vulnerable, innovative in both humour and work ethic, and yet  perpetually overlooked. Their challenge was to figure out a way of loving and supporting each  other, whilst also learning to love yourself - in a country whose social context was set on getting in  the way of that. It’s a long history of those born abroad being labelled ‘aliens’ or ‘other’. It’s a  legacy that me, my sister, cousins and friends have inherited, and what we still see remnants of in  England today.  

However, I also wrote this film because I was and still am frustrated with the film industry’s failure  to invest in interracial onscreen couples or explore the narratives these relationships can hold.  By setting the film in a photo booth, my intention was to present these characters in a neutral  space, so you can see them for who they are - their quirks and personalities - rather than boxing  them into immigrant stereotypes. It was also a place of great intimacy, truly giving you an insight  into their relationship.  

The film you see was shot in one take, to show the full spectrum of who these characters are and  the breadth of spaces and expressions they can inhabit even in the course of seconds. The film  does not keep these characters at a virtuous distance, or seek to have them as caricatures or  “exotic additions”. Additionally by setting the film in the 1970s, I wanted to draw attention back to  a time when a lot of the original immigration debates and legislature that still shape institutions  and culture today happened, and ultimately show how history has detrimentally had a way of  repeating itself in a supposedly post-Colonial Britain.  

Last of all, I hope the film’s one-shot format draws attention to the performances of our actors,  which carry the film. I knew in writing the story that I would have the chance to work with actors  who don’t often get to play romantic leads, and hope this serves as a showcase for new British  onscreen talent.'


Writer/Director: Roxy Rezvany 

Producer: Elly Camisa 

Executive Producers: Scott O’Donnell & Aneil Karia

Director of Photography: Jeremy Valender

Production Designer: Soraya Gilanni Viljoen

Costume Designer: Emma Jayne Lipop

Editor: Ross Leppard 

Sound Designer: Guy Chase 

Casting Director: Lara Manwaring 

Mina: Lorraine Tai 

Feras: Elham Ehsas 

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Executive Producer 

Scott O'Donnell