Brick Lane

Great Britain 2007, Feature film, 101' | Director Sarah Gavron | Screenplay Abi Morgan, Laura Jones | DoP Robbie Ryan | Editor Ewa Lind | Sound Andy Shelley | Music Jocelyn Pook | Cast Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Harvey Virdi | Producer Gareth Tennant

Brick Lane has offered refuge to immigrants into London for 400 years, with the different communities all having left their distinctive mark on the area over the centuries. Since the late 1950s and early 1960s, the street has become the centre of the biggest Bengali community outside of Bangladesh.

Based on the prize-winning novel by Monica Ali, Brick Lane is the story of a pretty young Bangladeshi woman who arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Told from birth that she must not fight her fate, Nazneen struggles to accept her lot, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows. But she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.
Nazneen's young lover appears to be a bridge to British culture but he too is searching for his place in the post 9/11 world. Yet it is Nazneen who finally finds home, in the place where her daughters are born and have a future.

Set against the changing backdrop of multicultural Britain, Brick Lane is a truly contemporary love story.


Sarah Gavron is a graduate of the NFTS (National Film and Television School) and began her career in documentaries. In 2003, she directed This Little Life for BBC TV. It won her two BAFTAs for Best Single Drama and Best New Director, the RTS (Royal Television Society) and WIFTV (Women in Film and TV) Award for Best Newcomer. She was also selected as one of Variety's Ten Directors To Watch at the Sundance International Film Festival. Sarah Gavron has made several short films which have screened internationally and won major awards. Brick Lane is her debut feature.

Sarah Gavron
Great Britain
Feature Film
Debut Feature Film Competition