A powerful and acclaimed drama about the scourge of so-called ‘Honour Killings’ is set to hit cinemas next month.
‘Catch Me Daddy’, the feature debut of music-video director Daniel Wolfe, made waves after premiering at Cannes 2014. It was subsequently screened at the 2014 London Film Festival to widespread critical praise.
The film features a sensational performance by big screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed in the role of British Pakistani teen Laila who is on the run with her English boyfriend Aaron (Conor McCarron).
The young couple have fled their homes in an unnamed northern town and moved into a caravan in the bleak and beautiful Yorkshire Moors where they while away their days smoking pot.
Unbeknownst to Laila and Aaron, two groups of men – both hired by Laila’s outraged father to kill his daughter for the ‘dishonour’ she has brought on the family – are hunting the couple.
One group is headed by Laila’s brute of a brother Zaheer (Ali Ahmad).
The other group of thugs is led by Barry, a brawny white thug even more psychopathic than Zaheer.
The ensuing chase through the stunning Moors is both ominous and poetic as director Daniel Wolfe (brother Mathew Wolfe co-wrote the script) explores family dynamics, race and class in multicultural Britain.
Ahmed, 24, scooped the prestigious ‘Best British Newcomer’ prize at LFF 2014 with the jury praising her “breathtaking” performance.
Film producer and LFF 2014 jury president Finola Dwyer said the decision to honour Ahmed had been unanimous.
“Sameena’s performance was very assured, confident and fearless. In the lead role of “Laila”, Sameena’s range of emotion was breathtaking; she was the heartbeat of the film.”
‘Catch Me Daddy’ is in UK cinemas 27 February.