On Saturday, we were proud to present an exclusive preview screening of West is West prior to it's release next month - and even better for our audience, the tickets were completely free!
Demand was high, but those lucky enough to secure tickets for the event were joined by local actor Aqib Khan. Our Film Programmer, Tom Vincent was there:
"Hosting the preview screening of West is West in the hometown of Aqib Khan, the 16 year old star of the film, was a real pleasure.
"Aqib landed the role of young Sajid Khan – his first ever acting job - after a teacher at Nab Wood school passed on information about a local audition.
"An amazing break for a newcomer, but one with a lot riding on it: West is West is a sequel with a high profile thanks to the much-loved original, East is East, Aqib's character is in almost every scene, and the shoot required a lengthy trip overseas that clashed with Aqib's studies.
"Yet Aqib has met all these challenges head on, taking on acting tips from the likes of the great Om Puri. And going by the enthusiastic response on Saturday, he's already making the very best of his big break.
"Aqib fielded questions from the audience after the film, and spoke about the shoot, developing as an actor, and his own self-belief in stepping up to the part. With West is West's release coming on 25 February, we wish him every success!"
West is West is playing here from 11 March.