July Release For First Film Based On 7/7 Bombingsby Contributor | 09 April 2008
The release date of the first film to tackle the subject of the 7/7 London bombings has been confirmed.
Shoot on Sight, directed by Indian-born Jagmohan Mundhra will be released on 30 screens in the UK on July 11th, just over three years after the suicide attacks which claimed the lives of 52 people travelling on London's public transport system.
With a relatively shoestring budget of £4 million, the film stars X-Men 2 actor Brian Cox alongside Greta Scacchi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Ralph Ineson and Sadie Frost and is also to receive a release in India.
The fictionalised drama tells of Commander Tariq Ali (Shah) a Muslim officer with the Metropolitan police whose inquiry into the shooting of a suspected terrorist on the London Underground is hampered by distrust at his workplace and within the Muslim community,
Speaking to industry magazine Variety, director Mundhra explained the damaging effect of the bombings on the capital.
"Having lived and worked in London for many years, I became very aware of and affected by how peoples' attitudes were changing towards me," he explained.
"Taxi drivers would not stop for me in the days following 7/7, and I could completely understand why.
"The fact that I had always found London to be an extremely culturally tolerant city made this change in atmosphere all the more shocking."