Bashir the Great

Created by James Kennedy, The Pitch 2022

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Bashir the Great is a heartwarming, coming of age comedy in the spirit of films like JoJo Rabbit and Little Miss Sunshine - stories centred on emotional high stakes but are able to make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Our main character, Bashir, is an asylum seeking Afghan boy on the verge of manhood. Knowing that when he turns 18 he is likely to be sent back to Afghanistan, he runs away from his foster home and finds himself in a decaying seaside town. Here he meets another lost soul, Abbie, a girl that has been in and out of social care her entire life and looking for direction. Together, the two form an unlikely friendship that will ultimately save them. The dying seaside setting acts as a parrallel to Bashir\'s life - People leaving their own country for a better life, however with far different stakes. It also acts as a form of conflict - Bashir and Abbie can run no further as they have found where the country ends. We aim for this film to be funny, poignant and ultimately uplifting - leaving the audience with a sense of purpose and faith renewed.

Biblical Connection

I am using "The Story of Job" as my film is about faith in the face of adversity. The specific passage I am referencing is Job 19:25 "I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth". Reading this passage inspired me to explore the idea of peoples faith when faced with adverse circumstances, and in meeting my co-writer Maeve, I felt like I found a story that I could explore such themes through.