Ben Sharrock's Limbo begins shooting in the Outer Hebrides

Limbo is the new feature film from writer and director, Ben Sharrock, who picked up the prestigious Michael Powell Award for his debut feature Pikadero. Limbo began a five-week shoot on The Uists in the Outer Hebrides on October 15th.

Limbo is produced by Irune Gurtubai (Pikadero) for Caravan Cinema alongside Angus Lamont (‘71 and The Girl with All the Gifts) and is financed by Film4, Screen Scotland and the BFI. The executive producers are Julia Oh for Film4, Ross McKenzie for Screen Scotland and David Segal-Hamilton and Lizzie Francke for the BFI, with Protagonist Pictures managing international sales. Limbo was developed with support from the Scottish Film Talent Network, as their first feature project.

The cast is led by Amir El-Masry (Jack Ryan, The State, The Night Manager) as Omar, alongside Vikash Bhai as Farhad, Ola Orebiyi as Wasef and Kwabena Ansah as Abedi. Sidse Babett Knudsen (Duke of Burgundy, Borgen) and Kais Nashif (Tel Aviv on Fire – best actor in the horizons category at the Venice Film Festival 2018) join in supporting roles.

Limbo will also feature non-actors in small roles and as extras, including refugees who have made their home across Scotland and locals from the Outer Hebrides.

Limbo is an offbeat observation of refugees waiting to be granted asylum on a fictional remote Scottish island. It focuses on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by the weight of his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. The idiosyncratic stylistic sensibilities of Sharrock’s filmmaking style blend drama with melancholic absurdist humour, a tonal combination that created critical acclaim and a strong festival buzz for his and producer Irune Gurtubai’s first feature Pikadero.

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About Writer/Director, Ben Sharrock

Ben Sharrock is an award winning writer and director known for his unique sense of cinematic style and voice. His work has been described as visually striking, quirky and intelligent.

Ben's debut feature film Pikadero, premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2015, where he was nominated for Best New Director. It went on to screen at over 40 major film festivals across the globe and win multiple awards including the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI and Best Film at Kiev International Film Festival, Critic's Choice in Zurich and the Cineuropa Award in Brussels, among others.

The film was recognised by the Spanish Film Academy as an "outstanding contribution to independent Spanish cinema" and while Scottish, Ben has been hailed as “a new voice in Spanish cinema”. Pikadero has been sold to television and theatrically distributed across Europe. Limbo is his second feature. Ben’s previous short film work won numerous awards, including two BAFTA New Talents for “Best Drama” and “Best Writer” for Patata Tortilla in 2015.

Ben lived in Syria during his undergraduate degree in Arabic and Politics the year before civil war broke out.  He then attended Screen Academy Scotland, where he graduated with an MA Distinction in Film Directing followed by an MFA in Advanced Film Practice. Ben is represented by Troika.


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