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My Son The Fanatic

Fortnight 1997, Feature film, 1 h 37


Parvez, a taxi driver in Bradford, is hard-working, modest and sensible. A fervent Anglophile, he loves everything about his adopted country – beginning with Bettina, a young prostitute who is one of his regular clients. Though some members of his community have made huge fortunes in the restaurant business. Parvez has to work long hours for meager pay. The hard life weighs on him and his wife, Minoo, who can no longer stand England. It affects their son Farid even more seriously – he is a troubled teenager on the verge of becoming a religious fanatic. Ranting against the “infidels” and Western hedonism, Farid starts by selling his personal belongings, then breaks off with his white fiancée and tricks his father into putting up a Pakistani fundamentalist, who quickly wins Minoo over the cause. Parvez, increasingly isolated and misunderstood, turns to the welcome arms of Bettina, and soon falls in love with her….


Udayan Prasad

He is an Indian. He’s been living in Great Britain since he was 9. My Son the Fanatic is his second feature film. He started in 1996 with Brothers in trouble. He studied arts in Leeds and entered the National Film and Television School. He made documentaries. Corner of a foreign field deal with Pakistani imigrants; This England: A view from the terrace and Invisible Ink is about Idian authors and their relationship to British culture. He made Brothers in trouble after he read Adbullah Hussein’s novel The return journey. He directed many films for TV and was recently preparing Lost in a Mirror based on Adrian Mitchell’s screenplay.

Abar Kurtha
Gopi Desai
Harish Patel
Om Puri
Rachel Griffiths
Stellan Skarsgard

Hanif Kureishi

Alan Almond

Albert Bailey

David Gamble

Stephen Warbeck

Set decoration
Grenville Horner

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Title in Original Version : Mon fils le fanatique