Riz Ahmed delivers a standout performance in this overwhelming and explosive experience which places us in the frontline as witnesses to the extreme consequences of what hate speech and racism can ultimately lead to. A visually arresting, rhythmically powerful and thought-provoking slice of dystopia.

Director's Biography

Aneil Karia is a writer and director with a keen observational practice. His natural interest in city life and social codes has led to powerful, explorative pieces of narrative cinema.

Aneil’s debut feature film SURGE recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2020 where the lead Ben Whishaw won the World Cinema Best Actor Jury Prize. The film was produced by Rooks Nest for BBC Films and BFI.

In 2020, Aneil directed THE LONG GOODBYE for Riz Ahmed, an acclaimed short film set in an imagined alt-right nightmare of Britain. The film, made in partnership with WeTransfer, won Best UK Short Film at Raindance and Best Special Project at the UK Music Video Awards 2020. THE LONG GOODBYE went on to win Best British Short at BIFA, a Graphite Pencil at the D&AD Awards and a Gold Lions for Direction at Cannes in 2021.

Aneil studied at the National Film and Television School. He is based in London.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aneil Karia

Written by: Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed

Produced by: Tom Gardner

Cinematography: Stuart Bentley

Editing: Amanda James

Production Design: Ruth Crawford

Costume Design: Holly Rebecca

Make-Up & Hair: Lisa Mustafa

Original Score: Riz Ahmed

Sound: Paul Davies

Visual Effects: Jamie Crofts, Adam Paterson, Will Robinson

Cast: Riz Ahmed (Riz)

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2021