Enlightenment Productions | Obstacles? What Obstacles?
Enlightenment Productions is an award-winning film and TV production company based in London and founded in partnership between producer Hanan Kattan and writer and director Shamim Sarif.
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Obstacles? What Obstacles?

Obstacles? What Obstacles?

Henry Ford might have been talking about independent movie making when he said that obstacles are those frightful things that you see when you take your eye off the goal.

Amongst the PR work for our new release, Despite the Falling Snow, we’ve had a long week of development work on our next feature, The Artemis Protocol. I took my eye off the goal long enough to get smacked in the face with the realities of sales and distribution. I sat in various boardrooms, coffee shops and Soho media clubs and heard the following:

Executive:  ‘I see your lead protagonist is a lesbian?’

Me:  ‘Yes.’

Exec: ‘Nice.’

Me: ‘Thank you, I thought so.’

Exec: ’We can’t sell the movie in China, Middle East and half the world.’

The next meeting mercifully passed over the gay part and went like this:

Exec:  ‘Six women? Great idea!’

Me:  ‘Thank you, I thought so.’

Exec: ‘They’ll need to be A list’

Me: ‘How A is A?’

Exec: ‘This year’s Oscar nominees.’

Perfect, I thought. I’m sure those actresses are not getting any offers of work.

Luckily, while my head was spinning, Hanan was busy focusing with zen-like clarity on the goal. She set up a meeting with the same casting directors who work on the James Bond movies, and tossed her head about the potential ‘de-gaying’ process. ‘We’ll make it work,’ she sniffed. I have no doubt that, if it comes to that, Hanan will change China’s collective mind rather than cede creative control, so I decided to take a breath and keep my own eyes on the prize too…Only surfacing to say a big thank you to those who have already pitched in on Kickstarter to help make creative control a complete reality on Artemis Protocol. If you want to see what’s on offer in exchange for your support please head over to our Kickstarter page now…Just don’t tell me to change anyone’s gender…

Shamim decides she will film The Artemis Protocol herself if she has to...

Shamim decides she will film The Artemis Protocol herself if she has to…

 

Shamim Sarif
shamim@enlightenment-productions.com
4 Comments
  • Kathleen Dietrich
    Posted at 17:46h, 09 April

    That’s kinda how it felt when my girlfriend, the 2 kids and I wanted to buy a family ticket for a zoo. The receptionist don’t wanted to give us this ticket. She said: “No I can’t you give this ticket because this is for familys.” Really, if our kids wouldn’t wanted to go inside so bad I guess we wouldn’t have step a single feet in it.
    I think it’s stupid of humans to decide for others what is right and what is wrong. They always forget this: Everyone is an individual. So what feels right for me doesn’t mean to feel right for someone other.
    Anyway I will check out your kickstarter project and I will gladly donate because it sounds interesting and I would love to see this movie. 😀
    Thanks for your hard work everyone!

  • Bonit Evans
    Posted at 16:37h, 02 April

    This weekend I spent wonderfully binging on all films in which the leading character(s) were strong women and stumbled to my delight on the films of Enlightenment Productions. I was inspired to donate ‘funding’ for your next project “The Artemis Protocol”. I can hardly wait. Woman Up and keep doing what you do..Sistah Senoritas we need your voices.

  • Joyce Holder
    Posted at 18:27h, 17 March

    Stick to your guns, ladies .

  • Ajita Khanna
    Posted at 18:06h, 17 March

    Just do what you and Hanan feel is right…. May I suggest why dont you also try distributors and production houses in India…. Or big entrepreneurs in India as they also invest in movies here… U n Hanan are gonna rock…. Whatever help you need just lemme know…. And would be happy to help