A Jewish boy nurturing a secret romance with a Muslim girl, despite the realities of their backgrounds, is unaware he is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open, the stalker’s obsession reveals a thought provoking turn as the trio come face to face.
Director: Shekhar Bassi
Producers: Shekhar bassi, shalinder Bassi, Helen Silver, Gemma Lloyd
Writers: Shekhar Bassi & Shalinder Bassi
Music: Renan Franzen
Cinematography: Francois Coppey
Editing: Nathan Cubitt
Sound: Andrew Beaton, Don Nelson
NO LOVE LOST came into existence following a very precocious conversation with my ten-year-old niece who questioned the idea of ‘hating someone’.
We wanted to convey a multi-dimensional and engrossing story of the isolation of hatred in a world where love overcomes differences hence chose the world of our story to be an urban setting rather than going across geographical borders. For us the underlying subtext was ‘we alienate our self by hating while believing we are alienating the person or thing we hate’.
Playing with the notion of love and hate we knew that one of the main themes of the film was identity and London was the perfect city to explore this due to its status as a melting pot of races, religions and creeds with invisible barriers of hate politics keeping different people apart. It was important to acknowledge that the story was not merely about race and religion as identity was signified by gender too.
In today’s world, where prevailing identities that many at large assign hate to, in society and mass media, we chose to delve into the dynamic of a Jewish boy in romance with a Muslim girl while being stalked by another girl.
We had no desire to move forward until we had a solid story on paper which in the telling would be enough to excite a potential actor and crew member. It was also clear very early on that we would run into opposition, which we did during our research days and our search for funding. A couple of British based Muslim organisations and a Jewish institution found the story to be insulting.
Following past filmmaking experiences of dealing with crews and schedules, we had decided to make it a seven day shoot and that we would pay everyone apart from any trainees or shadowers. This in itself meant the budget could take a big shape. Fortunately, we secured deals with suppliers who immediately took to the screenplay and the story. It helped keep the budget down.
With the help of producer Gemma Lloyd we began assembling a crew and also a good cast. Our only condition with everyone we hired was the same as our previous projects – get involved only if you believe in the screenplay and are bringing your creative energy to the making of the film.
As we approached our set shoot date, funding was not anywhere close which led us to use our own savings. We believed in the story, the screenplay and the film we wanted to make. The shoot took seven days.
Rochester Film Festival 2014 – HONORABLE MENTION for EXCELLENCE in cinema
AMSTERDAM Film Festival – Cinematic Vision Award
Dances With Films Festival – Grand jury Award Honorable Mention
Malta Short Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Short, Best Cinematography
Trinity International Film Festival – Best Narrative Short
Farcume – Faro short Film Festival – Jury Farcume Honorable Mention for Fiction
Almost Famous Film Festival – Best of Fest Short Film Award; Best Director and Best Actress
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Audience Award
Wild Rose Independent Film Festival – Best International Film, Best Editing, Distinctive Achievement Awards in several categories
Golden Knight Malta Intenational Film Festival – Best Short film
Cortiamo 2014 – Best of Fest Cortiamo Short Film Award
International Eurofilm Festival 2015 – Best Short Fiction, Best Social Denunciation Film, Best Actress