Ben Sharrock on Telling A Refuge Story in Limbo [Exclusive Interview]

Limbo directed by Ben Sharrock

Limbo directed by Ben Sharrock

Refugees are in a state of helplessness in terms of fleeing their old country and entering a new one. On one hand, they miss their home country, longing to return to a country that means little survival. For the other issue, a refugee gets welcomed into a new country but must await permanent permission and cultural assimilation.

In Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, he captured the essence of the story of refugees playing this waiting game in their new country.

The film stars Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Anash, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Kais Nashif. Sharrock wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Recently nominated for two BAFTA awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer, Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals awaits the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with writer and director Ben Sharrock on this feature film. He talked about making the movie after his passion for working for an NGO in a refugee camp in Southern Algeria in 2009 before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. Those refugee stories inspired the young director on crafting the story for Limbo. Also, he talked about the cast and filming in a remote location in Scotland.

Ben Sharrock worked in the advertising industry in Dubai. He has a degree in Arabic and politics, along with an MFA in film directing, and MFA in advanced film practice. His first feature film Pikadero debut at the San Sebastian Film Festival, earning multiple awards at international film festivals.

Limbo is in theaters this Friday, April 30.

Watch the exclusive interview with Ben Sharrock below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Focus Features

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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