Little English Resource Productions' first feature
After 22 years of producing short films, Resource Productions secured the funds to complete the principal photography of their first feature film Little English, by developing the film as part of a wider talent development programme, which has enabled 10 unemployed young people to secure their first paid roles within the industry as Trainees on this production. In addition, more than 20 under-represented creatives, craftspeople and technicians of all ages – have been given the opportunity to gain their first credit on a feature film and/or to step up a grade. More than 100 under-represented artists will have gained work, work-experience, shadowing or placement opportunities on the film by December 2021.
Why do we need your help?
£400k of cash and in-kind support has already been provided by Unltd, the Rothschild Foundation, ZX Records and a number of smaller funders and partners.
We completed principal photography in August 2021 and are seeking £50k to shoot pick-ups, post-production and complete by March 2022. Your money will contribute to equipment hire, transport, accommodation, location fees, props, make-up, music licenses, grading, online editing, subtitling, mixing and mastering the film.
There will be no financial return on this investment for any Producers, as this is uniquely a not-for-profit production. We believe it will be the first in the world!
This film is being produced through UK registered social Enterprise Resource Productions CIC, a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee, with an asset lock. This safeguards that revenue will be re-invested back into the social purpose of the organisation: ‘To enable social change through film and art, whilst diversifying the creative industries’
If you or anyone you know might be able to contribute we'd be really grateful!
You can find out more about Resource Productions here
Little English - A romantic comedy
Simmy, a modern bride fresh from Punjab has been selected by her mother-in-law for an arranged marriage with her eldest son, Raj. When Raj does a runner after the marriage ceremony, Simmy has no choice but to preserve family honour and start a life with her new family without a husband in bleak Brexit Britain.
Life certainly isn’t what Simmy had expected: a diabetic-cola-obsessed Grandad, a crazy gluten-free sister-in-law, nosy neighbourhood-watch Indian aunties, and a mother-in-law who insists on creating a fortress with doors bolted.
It seems like Simmy will have to put her professional aspirations to one side and try her hand at being a dutiful daughter-in-law... or will she?
Pravesh Kumar is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of award-winning Rifco Theatre Company. He started the company in 2000 to make a different kind of theatre for a community that could not see themselves represented on English stages. He has been at the forefront of bringing new audiences into theatres in their thousands, often for the first time, by telling untold, entertaining and authentic stories.
Pravesh has a background in Film and has worked in the commercial Indian film industry (often called Bollywood) for many years. He has gone on to achieve critical acclaim for Rifco’s productions and has created some groundbreaking plays and musicals including Britain’s Got Bhangra, Miss Meena & the Masala Queens, Laila the Musical, The Deranged Marriage, and most recently a rap musical based on the story of Mushy Asghar from Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire, Mushy: Lyrically Speaking.
His first short film, Gods on Mountains was nominated for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award and in 2019 he worked with Resource Productions on his short film The Deranged Marriage. Pravesh is currently writing a new main stage musical and leads on the Rifco Associates programme finding new British South Asian voices of the future.
Simmy - Rameet Rauli
Rameet is best known for her role as Anya Patel in Nickelodeon’s popular teen series Ride (2018), she has also appeared in Warren (2019), Call the Midwife (2017) and most recently performed in Find Me in Paris (2019).
Harry - Viraj Juneja
Viraj is best known for his role in the independent British comedy feature film Get Duked! (2019). Alongside featuring in short films FUDDU (2019) and Londonstani (2019), he has also appeared in TV Series Pandora (2020) and Vera (2020).
Gurbaksh - Seema Bowri
Well known for playing the regular PC Leela Kapoor in ITV's drama The Bill (2004-7). Seema has worked in theatre, TV, film, radio and as a voice-over artist for over 20 years. Most recently, she has featured on TV in Flatmates (Series2), Emmerdale and Doctors as well as in stage productions Dishoom! for Rifco Theatre and My Country for the National Theatre.
Sweetie - Nikki Patel
Nikki is perhaps best known for her long-running role as Amber Kalirai in ITV soap Coronation Street. Since leaving Corrie, Nikki has performed a number of roles on screen and stage including appearances in Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet and Waterloo Road.
Mindy - Goldy Notay
Goldy featured in Ackley Bridge (2021) and Beecham House (2019), after playing the lead in Gurinder Chadha’s It's A Wonderful Afterlife (2010). She's appeared in The Town, Silent Witness and In a Heartbeat, as well as Sex in the City.
Bobby - Ameet Chana
Ameet is best known for playing Adi Ferreira in the BBC soap Eastenders and Tony in worldwide box office smash Bend It Like Beckham. As well as his extensive credits in theatre, film and TV spanning over 30 years Ameet is also Associate Director for Rifco Theatre Company where he leads on developing new writing talent.
Interested in music from a young age, Shin learned to play the harmonium at the age of 12. His signature style has been influenced by the greats: Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and composer SD Burman. He is a much loved British-Asian Music star who both sings and acts in the film.
Actor, comedian, and writer, Sanjeev is best known for his role as shopkeeper Navid Harrid in the BBC sitcom Still Game, Ramesh Majhu in the radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags, and A.J. Jandhu in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City. Since 2019, Kohli has hosted his own television talk show for BBC Scotland.
Cinematographer - Leigh Alner
After graduating from the prestigious National Film and Television School as a Kodak Scholar, gaining a Masters in Cinematography, Leigh has worked on numerous music videos, short films and feature films, working as Cinematographer, Operator and Gaffer. His credits include the feature-length romantic comedy Across the River by Warren B Malone and the short The Deranged Marriage by Pravesh Kumar.
Production & Costume Design - Andy Kumar
Andy has been a core member of the Rifco Arts creative team for over a decade and has choreographed and designed costumes for many of their shows. He became a household name for his participation in reality shows like Big Boss (India’s Big Brother), Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa (Dancing with the Stars), I Can Do That, Mehmannawazi (Come Dine with me Celebrity) & Killer Karaoke. Andy has a cameo in the film and also oversaw all choreography.
Editor - Kam Parmar
A creative TV and Film editor with a passion to create great visuals. Kam has worked across many different genres including short film, documentary, factual entertainment, promos and comedy. He is a current BAFTA Crew member and a previous BFE member. Most recently Kam edited the drama A Mind At War by Jazz Bhalla.
Music Composer - Niraj Chag
Niraj is a UK-based composer and artist whose work spans a wide range from albums, to film scores, theatre and live events. Niraj’s documentary soundtracks have reached a worldwide audience, having composed for Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA productions. After creating the score for the feature film All in Good Time (Studio Canal), he went on to score BBC feature-length drama Our Girl (BBC1).
Sound Editor - Philip Moroz
Philip has a holistic approach to quality audio, developed from his experience spanning the audio post-production process. His specialities in sound effects editing and dialogue editing have led him to work on popular multi-award-winning television series and feature films such as Killing Eve, Downton Abbey and Cold Feet.
Dominique Unsworth MBE
As founder of Resource Productions CIC, Dom has been producing short films whilst finding and developing diverse British talent for more than 22 years through Resource’s in-house talent development programme.
She has overseen the production of in excess of 50 acclaimed shorts and has produced and Executive Produced 100+ funded films. These include more than 15 Channel 4 Random Acts and BBC New Creative commissions. Resource Productions’ films have been nominated for awards at festivals ranging from Underwire, LFF, LSFF and Edinburgh to BUFF, Bolton and Iris.
Lesley-Anne is a Producer with a range of experience from commercials to independent film. Broadcast credits include Line Producer on feature films Play the Devil and HERO Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, which have both opened for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. She is currently screening her short Immune at various festivals and working on her feature slate.
Andrew St Maur
An alumnus of Resource Production's youth film programme, Andrew is a recent producing graduate of the National Film and Television School. He was the recipient of a full scholarship to attend the NFTS from the prestigious Pinewood Studios and has produced a number of independent short films, which have gone on to screen at BAFTA accredited festivals.