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Title: family business, a

Reference number: 7909

Date: 1993

Director: d. Avie Luthra

Sponsor: The Scottish Film Council, Scottish Television, The Post Office

Producer: Gill Parry

Production company: A Raging Cow Production of a Roister Doister Film

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 9.00 mins

Description: A spoof study of a Scottish Asian entrepreneur who runs a marriage bureau using video instructions. The film examines the problems of traditonal Asian values set in a British context.
[synopsis from BFI database at, last accessed 3/2/2010]

Originally shot on 16mm film. See also ref. 8543 for raw interview footage with the director.

First Reels - a joint short film initiative from Scottish Screen (and its predecessor body the Scottish Film Council) and Scottish Television. First Reels was launched during 1991 by Scottish Film Council in response to a perceived need for small grants to help young and first time film-makers to make or complete their first film or video project. Scottish Television came in as co-sponsor at an early stage and as well as contributing to half the funds they have given the scheme a tremendous public relations boost by running three half hour documentaries showing excerpts from the First Reels. Applicants were invited to submit projects in any format and on any subject they chose. All entries were considered by a jury and thirty five projects were given grants varying from £50 to £2000. On show at the GFT are a representative selection of the best of the films and videos supported by the scheme. [Editorial from Scottish Film Council held in paper archives]

Credits: Riz Subash Singh Pall
Usha Saadia Ahmad
Dillip Avie Luthra
Shimon Archie Lal
Raj Jaydeep Sarma
Sonita Imara John Pulle
The Son Shiv Paul
The Father Mr. Amrik Athwall
The Mother Mrs. Ajiet Kur Athwall
Make-up Woman Nasreen Irshad
The Film Crew F