An award-winning Bradford College graduate is preparing for the launch of her first short play.
Suman Hanif’s latest project, called Funny Feelings, is a comedy highlighting mental health issues and is set to debut at Kala Sangam in Bradford on July 5.
Suman, who graduated with a first class honours degree in film from University Centre Bradford College in 2016, hopes her piece will “promote diversity and inclusion in communities and spark a debate about mental health issues in students”.
Inspired by real stories from the diverse community of Bradford, Suman’s home city, the thought-provoking play centres around teenagers Davina and Sabrina. The pair meet and discover that, despite their different backgrounds, they have more in common than they first realised. One is a British Pakistani teenager, feeling bound by traditions and imagining how easy life would be if she were white, and the other a White girl wishing the opposite.
Suman's debut film 'Plates' was screened at the Busan international film festival and became a great success. She followed that with another documentary film 'Loneliness and Isolation' which was screened at the 2018 Golden Film festival in Bradford. She is one of the panellists for the 2019 Lights Camera and Equality event organised by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and BBC Radio Leeds and is also on the judging panel for the UK Asian film festival 2019.
The performance of Funny Feelings at Kala Sangam, in Forster Square, will be followed by a post-show discussion. The venue operates a ‘pay what you decide’ policy, which means audience members don’t have to pay until after they have seen a show.
Tickets for the play, which starts at 7.30pm, can be booked via the Kala Sangam website or HERE.
Suman Hanif, filmmaker and Bradford College graduate