Director: Jeffrey Walker
Cast: Ryan Corr, Don Hany, Osamah Sami, Helana Sawires
Running time:110 minutes
Ali’s Wedding is Australia’s first Muslim rom-com, a true story of the star of the film, Osamah Sami.
The film is based on Sami’s memoir Good Muslim Boy within Melbourne’s Muslim Community. The story revolves around the misadventures of the beloved local cleric Mahdi’s( played by Ryan Corr) son Ali (played by Osamah Sami). The family’s journey begins when Ali’s father flees from Iraq, migrates to Australia, and becomes the leader of a local mosque.
Whereas Ali works at a local gas station and falls in love with an Egyptian-Australian girl, Dianne (played by Helana Sawires).
The movie starts with Ali studying to win a place at the University of Melbourne to study medicine, but competitiveness with the son of his father’s rival at the mosque leads him to lie about his marks. This lie starts a chain of hilarious events where Ali tries to break free from a arrange marriage, falls in love, features in a comedy show about Saddam Hussein, pretends to go to the university, and much more.
The movie brings out a perfect rom-com where there are misunderstandings, hilarious moments, prohibited romances, and very much involved community.
The performances are fantastic, the portrayals are to the point and you hardly feel any fakeness. The music in the movie has a perfect balance of western and middle eastern sounds, throughout. And, the cinematography is vibrant and colorful.
Ali’s Wedding is a hilarious and heart whelming movie, unfortunately true, as Osamah Sami says. It’s a must watch.
Producer: Sheila Jayadev, Helen Panckhurst
Screenwriter: Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami
Executive Producer: Tony Ayres, Michael McMahon, Ian Kirk, Greg Sitch, Nina Stevenson
Production Company: Matchbox Pictures
Music: Nigel Westlake
Cinematographer: Don McAlpine
Editor: Geoffrey Lamb
You can watch the trailer here: