Alumni Profiles

Sally El Hosaini

"Attending Atlantic College was one of the most formative experiences of my life.  Living, working and playing so intensely with people from all over the world gave me a huge amount of empathy for others.  It brought home how many more similarities than differences exist between people.  As a filmmaker it's this ability to empathise that allows me into the heads and hearts of the characters I'm creating and actors I'm working with.  What I remember most about AC are the diverse people and their stories.  Stories from so many different cultures and differing viewpoints.  They allowed me to step outside myself and into other people's skin.  These experiences definitely inform the stories I want to tell and themes I want to explore in my films today.  Films appeal to our imagination, emotions, senses and intellect.  A filmmaker may not communicate like a politician or an academic, but they still play a crucial role in shaping our world.  Therefore remaining an independent thinker is paramount.  There is a responsibility that comes with this.  Taking responsibility for myself, my life and actions is a trait that Atlantic College instilled in me."

Sally El Hosaini is an award winning screenwriter & film director.  Her debut feature film, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, won Best Cinematography and the Worldview/ Sundance Impact Award for a film with social relevance at Sundance Film Festivals.  It also won Best European Film - Europa Cinema Label Award at Berlinale.  The film has screened at over 40 festivals internationally and will be released theatrically in the UK, US, and Canada.  According to The Hollywood Reporter it's "A crackling debut. Slick, muscular, entertaining and emotionally satisfying."  Screen International called it "luminous cinema", and Variety said it was "energetic and imaginative."  

El Hosaini was one of Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2009.  Her short film, THE FIFTH BOWL, won a regional BAFTA.  Another short, HENNA NIGHT, was officially selected for LLGFF, in competition at Rotterdam and Raindance, and screened at the ICA and BAFTA.  Prior to writing and directing she script edited and was the specialist researcher on BAFTA & EMMY winning, HBO Films/ BBC Drama mini- series HOUSE OF SADDAM.  Before that she was a production coordinator in feature films and worked on several Middle East documentaries.