Honour Killing: A brave British movie

The premiere of the UK’s first feature film about the controversial subject of  Islamic ‘honour killings’ will take place in Birmingham on 12 February 2009, in advance of its national release in the spring.

Shot entirely on location in Birmingham, Land Gold Women follows the story of a British-Asian family caught between Islamic intolerance, Western culture and political turbulence. At the core of the film is the relationship between father and daughter and how the dynamics of it play out when the daughter decides to take her life into her own hands.


This Anglo-Indian collaboration aims to highlight the problems of forced marriage and honour crime in Islamic societies which affect thousands of women in Britain and across the world.

The team that created Land Gold Women was led by Writer and Director Avantika Hari and Producer Vivek Agrawal, both from India. The film has already garnered major press attention both in India and the UK for its subject matter, storyline and cinematic quality. The crew comprises of technicians from eight different countries.

The star cast features; Narinder Samra (The One, Dirty War, Mistaken), Hassani Shapi (The World is Not Enough, Phantom Menace), Chris Villiers (Emmerdale, Mile High, The Scarlet Pimpernel), and Renu Brindle (Casualty, Torchwood). As well as Richard Kelly (Macbeth, Pills Thrills and Automobiles), Laila Vakil (Holby City, Eastenders, Doctors) and Ali Zahoor (Eastenders). The lead female role is played by Neelam Parmar who co-created and performed in “Terrorist! The Musical”, which was taken to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007. 

The filmmakers worked closely with Ashram Housing Association, based in Birmingham, who deal with over one hundred cases of forced marriage every year.

The premiere of Land Gold Women takes place on Thursday 12 February at Cineworld, Broad Street, Birmingham.



  1. Terrorist! The Musical was at the fringe in 2005. Parmar played PFLP member Leila Khaled.

  2. Thanks for the info Jess, I never had a chance to see that.

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