Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Sean McAllister Plans UK Narrative Feature

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Sean McAllister Plans UK Narrative Feature

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The film will mark his first foray into narrative filmmaking in a career noted for his journalistic forays into Middle East hot spots.

Also in the works is a documentary about the city of Hull, his birthplace in North England. "Hull won the UK City of Culture for 2017 and I have been asked to come home and make a film," said McAllister. "It will be a bittersweet love story with my city and my roots, telling a tale of how I leftand what I find on my return."

McAllister's return to the UK comes after a string of films set in the Arab region including The Liberace of Baghdad, The Reluctant Revolutionary and now A Syrian Love Story, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and was also nominated for best documentary at the European Film Awards, which took place last night in Berlin.

McAllister says he would also like to make a film about the UAE. "I love the Arab world and in fact have a couple of contacts in Dubai itself. …

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