Film Review | All in Good Time



Actor and playwright Ayub Khan-Din has been involved in around twenty British films and different Television series. Khan-Din has made a significant contribution to the representation of modern British Asians in cinema. He made his film debut in the comic but politically charged ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ (1985) and his first play ‘East is East’ won a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award and he was able to adapt it himself for the extremely successful and acclaimed film version. This weekend sees the release of ‘All in Good Time’ a film adaptation of another of his plays ‘Rafta, Rafta’ starring Reece Ritchie and Amara Karan in leading roles, directed by Nigel Cole. ‘All in Good Time’ tackles familiar themes of generation gaps and cultural community, with comedic sensibility. These themes have made his work successful because they often speak volumes to modern British youth who often tackle ethnic cultural heritage with their western upbringing. Recently at a party I was asked “Where are you from?” and I honestly didn’t know whether to say South East London or Uganda East Africa or whether I would be asked that had I been Blonde. What does African Black British mean, British African Caribbean, British Asian? BBC (British Born Chinese), French Mexican? Luckily ‘All in Good Time’ is not a dense awkward racial debate but a fun kooky tale of postponed newly wed passion and resolution between father and son. Reece Ritchie plays lead ‘Atul’ a cinema projectionist, who marries his sweetheart ‘Vina’ (Amara Karan). Family expectations and bedroom trouble prevent the couple from progressing into a ‘real’ marriage. It’s a light hearted warm tale of stumbling co-habiting with a newly wed and in laws. The ‘real’ story is the communication between a Father and his Son.

The writing and screenplay sees the writer return to top form after the less successful sequel feature outing last year ‘West is West’. It’s sentimental but not puke producing, it’s funny but sensitive to issues of family ties and culture clash. The film is shot in a cinema colour palette that would be appreciated by any Bollywood enthusiast. It would be a film crime to shoot an Asian wedding in dark grey scale. Nigel Cole is proving to be anti-‘Richard Curtis’ of the British film industry. Whilst I love fluffy ‘love actually’ every single Christmas Eve it’s nice to have a feel good British film with focus on a variety of communities. Adding ‘All in Good Time’ to his C.V which features ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’ he provides cheese on toast with a side of Modern British Culture.

Von Von Lamunu


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