The Big Pitch is a new, dynamic, UK-based film competition, where amateur film-makers pitch their film ideas, and are given the unique opportunity to have their film ideas made into a feature production.
Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for film-makers everywhere, but from my perspective as an avid film buff, it also means that slightly off-beat films can get produced that normally would receive little or no attention from Hollywood.
There are some great finalists, but my personal favourite is the very originally titled comedy “Til Jihad Do Us Part.” 🙂 The film idea is accompanied by a great blog by film-maker and writer, Shai Hussain. You can meet Shai here.
The romantic comedy film is inspired by “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” but puts an original and very topical spin on the theme. 🙂 The movie focuses on the story of Meena, and her growing suspicions that her new fiancé may be a terrorist…
“The best thing about The Big Pitch isn’t just the opportunity to get a feature film made – it’s the chance to go through the whole process in a really hands-on way, and not linger in development hell for years. Kudos to those who let a film with the title “Jihad” get this far.”
–Shai Hussain – Writer of Til Jihad Do Us Part
Taking into account the way that Muslims are currently portrayed in the media, “Til Jihad Do Us Part” provides a refreshing injection of humour, which is always welcome. 😉 Consequently, I’d encourage you (you, blog reader…) to vote to get this film made. At the end of the day, it’s all up to you, Joe Public; you get to decide which film-maker gets this opportunity of a lifetime.
Voting officially opens at noon, on the 19th of November (i.e. right now! Go vote! Go on…!). Competition winners will be announced on the 6th of December.
Vote for “Til Jihad Do Us Part” here. Voting closes on the 6th of December 2008.