Wild West

Director: David Attwood
Screenwriters: Harwant Bains

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


Wild West is David Attwood's directorial debut. Humorous and heartwarming, this charming regional film reveals the colorful side of London's Southall, familiar to fans of Hanif Kureishi and Stephen Frears. Harwant Bains's delightful script and Attwood's energetic hand-held camerawork generate a feeling of freshness and freedom far removed from the stuffy England we see so often.

Set in "Little India,” Wild West captures the dynamic diversity of this Pakistani community with uncanny truthfulness. Energetic and thoughtful Zaf, wonderfully portrayed by Naveen Andrews, is a rebellious teenager who drives his mother to the brink of madness as he pursues his true passion to be the leader of a country band called the Honky Tonk Cowboys. He and his bandmates are obsessed with getting to Nashville, where they plan to exchange poverty for stardom. Luckily for them and for us, their music is delightful.

Zaf’s undying passion for music is equaled only by his undying love for the beautiful Rifat (Sarita Choudhury), who desperately needs to be rescued from her evil gringo husband. Wild West is a truly enjoyable film by a director who clearly knows how to have a good time.

Saturday Jan 23 9:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre

Wednesday Jan 21 6:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre

Saturday Jan 30 6:00 pm
Tower Theatre. Salt lake City


— Catherine Schulman

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