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Birchanger Green

Moin Hussain

United Kingdom

synopsis

Adam Muhammed works nightshifts at a fast food restaurant in a motorway service station. A directionless and unassuming man sleepwalking through his thirties, he lives a lonely life of quiet disappointment and frustration. Upon hearing that his estranged father, Hassan, has died, Adam finds himself thrust out of his static existence and in search of answers.

Having not seen the man since his early childhood, Adam becomes desperate to learn who his father really was and where he had spent the last thirty years. Whilst investigating the strange discrepancies around his death, the mysterious details of Hassan’s life unfold and Adam begins to see his father’s past actions in a new light. Stumbling upon a theory that begins to make sense to him, Adam questions whether Hassan really did abandon him all those years ago, or if he was actually taken back home.

Could his father have been a being from another world?
And if so, what would that make Adam?

intention

I have long been intrigued by the idea of making a “space film” set on Earth, one with intergalactic ambitions built upon the mundane reality of our familiar world. Having worked in a fast food restaurant and motorway service station in my teenage years, I was struck by the isolation of these spaces. The oppressive bright, clinical, synthetic nature of the station, coupled with the deep dark void of night and emptiness outside, sometimes made me feel as if I was working on a spaceship.

Being mixed-race and growing up in the United Kingdom, I have always felt a disconnection from my Pakistani heritage. Hearing stories of a place I had never visited, with a language I did not speak or a likeness I did not have, my father’s homeland was so intangible and far away he may as well have been telling me that he was from a different planet. An interest in these ideas of diaspora and hybrid identity led me to this story exploring a man’s identity crisis through the lens of a science fiction film.

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After investigating the death of his estranged father, Adam becomes convinced that he descends from an alien race.
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Moin Hussain

Scriptwriter, Film Director

production notes

original title
Birchanger Green

directed by
Moin Hussain

produced byEscape Films
Beehive Mill, Jersey St
M4 6JG, Manchester
United Kingdom

current financial need
€ € 1.650.000