First details of Clio Barnard’s ‘Ali & Ava’ revealed

Screen | 1/17/2020 | Michael Rosser
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The cast and first details of Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava have finally been revealed, following a wrap on principal photography in the UK.

The fourth feature from the award-winning writer-director will star Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies) in a contemporary British love story that explores the intricacies of age, class and race.

Weeks - Locations - Bradford - North - England

It shot for six weeks in various locations around Bradford, in the north of England. A first-look image from the film has also been released, shown above.

Ali & Ava is produced by Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan of Moonspun Films and is financed by BBC Films, BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) and Screen Yorkshire. Altitude is handling world sales and UK and Irish distribution.

Film - £970 - BFI - BFI - Production

The film received £970,000 from the BFI, the second-highest BFI production award of 2019.

The story centres on Ava (Rushbrook), a respected matriarch and teaching assistant in her 50s who lives on a predominantly white Bradford estate, who hides the scars left by an abusive ex-husband.

Ali - Akhtar - Landlord - Mid-30s - Family

Ali (Akhtar) is a charismatic landlord in his mid-30s, who is devoted to his family and the Asian community in...
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