Keswick Film Club - Joyland

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Sunday 26th February 2:00 PM


Director: Saim Sadiq Country: Pakistan
Cert: 15 Year: 2022 Length: 126 mins

Audience Reaction

Score: 78.09% Attendance: 88



The Rana family appears to be a happy and traditional one, hoping for the birth of a boy to continue the line. Assumptions and standards are unravelled when the youngest son secretly joins a dance theatre and falls in love with a trans starlet. Written and directed by Saim Sadiq, this is his first feature length film. It received a standing ovation at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm prize for best LBGTQ, queer or feminist theme movie.

Thanks to Studio Soho


open_quote Sadiq’s screenplay navigates a complex web of secrets and lies, pressures and prejudices to create a soulful human drama intent on challenging narrow minds. close_quote Screen Daily

open_quote Bristling with real-life energy, this drama from Pakistan is beautifully observed, depicting realistic characters who are hugely engaging. close_quote Rich Cline

open_quote Joyland is a profoundly moving film that might just make a difference close_quote Slashfilm



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