“Meet the Judges” with Hannah Khalil

We caught up with Hannah Khalil to find out more about being a Judge for LABF…

Tell us about yourself.

I am a Palestinian-Irish playwright living and working in London.

Last year I wrote my first short film script and it won a screenwriting award at the Underwire Film Festival.

We are currently in pre-production for that and I’m learning a huge amount about what is involved in making films and my respect for my filmmaking colleagues – which was already immense – is growing and growing.

Last of the Pearl Fishers
Hannah’s play “Last of the Pearl Fishers” featured on BBC Radio 4.

What makes a good film in your eyes?

A great story that is told in a way that could only be on screen. The idea has to be served by the medium.

Plan D
“Plan D” was nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award.

What made you want to be a judge for Let’s All Be Free?

I’ve come to every iteration of the festival since it started and been constantly surprised and delighted by the breadth of content I have seen.

This opportunity to get up close and personal with a lot of short films and discover some filmmaking talent is too exciting to miss.

Her play “Bitterenders” won the Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013 competition.

If you could change the world in one way, what would it be?

That’s not an easy question at all. There are too many things I’d like to change.

Let’s say I’d make it a world in which I’d be able to answer every question my very inquisitive and sensitive four-year-old asks honestly – that there would be nothing dark or injustice that I’d have to hide from her.

Scenes from 68* Years
Her latest play “Scenes from 68* Years” received numerous 5 star reviews.

What does being free mean to you?

It means a number of things, it means knowing that my family and friends are physically safe – not in danger, to be in a position where you don’t need to worry about such things is an immense privilege and an immense freedom.

Also having time to make work as well as having family and friends close by to support me.

The Scar Test
Her new stage play is “The Scar Test” produced by Untold Theatre which will tour the UK in autumn 2016.


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