Film Review – The Forbidden Note. ‘History In The Making’

I don’t know about you but I am continually amazed and impressed by the screenplays born in the UK. British films are and continue to be the comforting toast of Hollywood and hailed by a global audience thanks to the invention of subtitles. Being able to follow a story however, goes further than just reading the drama unfold at the bottom of your TV screen. British screenwriters have a way of tapping into the human spirit, heart and conscience by creating scripts for anyone watching to easily identify with.

The Forbidden Note, by writer director Callum Andrew Johnston is a film which explores subjects that are all too real for many people. Allow me to set the scene: Sakeema, a young British Muslim woman meets Cosmo, a black non-Muslim from South Africa raised in the UK after the death of his mother. Both with creative pursuits and passions, Sakeema a ballet dancer and Cosmo a pianist, sound like the perfect match and in a more accepting world this would be a formidable partnership.

You can find the trailer on YouTube but that is all you will find, for now any way. The problem with the vast choice of independently made films is lack of funds and backers to bring them to their deserved completion. Lionsgate and Pretzel films have endorsed this screenplay and even though filming has regrettably been put on hold, the actors involved are itching to get back on set and have pledged their support; they believe and are dedicated to Callum and his venture which should tell you and anyone interested in contributing to this worthy project all you need to know.

Months of rehearsals, initial filming and six months of intensive ballet training by the lead actress cannot and will not go to waste if the cast and crew have anything to do with it. There is no doubt in my mind that this story of forbidden love and the unimaginable consequences that follow must be seen by a widespread audience and soon! Just 10 days needed to finish filming and to have it edited and scored; that is all. We are so close to seeing a provocative, romantic drama that every generation from all cultural back grounds will have an opinion on, sparking conversations that may have been avoided before.

It is a quality project which throws up some probing questions. This film does not seek to offend, discriminate or judge but puts into context the lives of two people in love and the expectations placed on them by their respective society’s. Interest for this film is growing by the day with the introduction of The Forbidden Note Facebook Page set up by Callum. The tagline of the film is, ‘You and I are going to make history’. I believe, if we all pledge our support that it will.


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