This refreshingly authentic depiction of finding love right on your doorstep, and from unlikely directions, abounds with humour and the transformative power of song.
Time-worn Ava, an Irish-British teacher’s assistant, single mum and grandmother, has been round her hard-scrabble block enough times to disbelieve when romance beckons with manically cheerful Ali, a Pakistani-British part-time DJ and landlord who mainly spends his time ferrying about his tenants’ children. Despite an instant and easy rapport, life is too complicated – Ava has an overprotective teenage son, Ali is “separated” from but still living with his younger wife – for any headlong rush. Not to mention their clashing musical tastes: Ava is a folk and country fan, while Ali relishes techno and rap. But should different temperaments, musical and otherwise, be an impediment to love?
“A pair of wonderfully winning performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar lie at the heart of this unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama from British writer-director Clio Barnard (The Arbor, NZIFF2010). Described by its creator as a love story about two people who are ‘a catalyst for change in each other’s lives’, it’s a heartfelt piece that marries the poetic grit of Barnard’s 2013 film The Selfish Giant (NZIFF2013) with something resembling a later-life Romeo and Juliet romance – a fable grounded in reality. Ali & Ava is a vibrant work that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a streetwise tale into a diegetic musical, with genuinely surprising results.” — Mark Kermode, The Observer
95 Mins. Rated M offensive language
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the MTG Hawke's Bay to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, MTG Hawke's Bay shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. MTG Hawke's Bay cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© MTG Hawke's Bay - https://www.mtghawkesbay.com / +64 6 835 7781 / firstname.lastname@example.org