Artwork by Chloe Leeson
In ‘Talk To The Internet’, we take the same 10 questions and one internet sensation to find out their loves, their hates and their dream casts in the world of film.
Saffa Khan is an illustrator currently studying at Manchester School of Art. She also creates zines the most recent of which were ‘Homeland’- an exploration of the people of Pakistan, and ‘First Time’-about the first time she done or experienced certain things. Her work explores the trials and tribulations of being a girl and a woman of colour and also a dreamlike sensibility closely linked to her love of films- Saffa herself pretty much looks like Amelie Poulain. She is a member of the Clandestine Collective and sells her prints and works online here. You can follow her on twitter @s_afka
- What’s your favourite film and why?
I just sat & stared at this question for a bit as there are quite a few I love, but I’m looking at my film tally chart, so it’s a tie between Only Lovers Left Alive, Wadjda & Amelie. I fell in love with Amelie when I watched it in French in year 10 & there was a period of time where I could relate to her so much that I tried to recreate sections of the film. And of course, Yann Tiersen’s wonderful composition for the film made it even more special! OLLA is one of those rather calming films that almost makes you feel like you’re actually in the film, just dancing in the background + with the most beautiful soundtrack from SQÜRL & the most talented Yasmine Hamdan. I see my younger self a lot in Wadjda because of growing up in similar culture & having restrictions on what a girl can & cannot do.
- What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen and why?
Hmm, I think that might be Silent Hill: Revelation, it was incredibly painful to watch due to the awful acting/dialogue. Just thinking about it is making me angry, ha.
- If you could make up your own imaginary film genre what would it be called?
Defintely something along the lines of ‘mumblecore’/just focusing a lot more on naturalistic dialogue with a hint of hopeful romcom/expectations vs reality? Almost like behind the scenes of people’s lives, Like Frances Ha meets Amelie?
- If you were given the opportunity to direct, who would you cast in your dream movie?
Tilda Swinton is definitely on that list, I rewatched We Need To Talk About Kevin last night & was just in awe of how amazing she is in it. I would also love to work with Winona Ryder, Mia Wasikowska, Sheila Vand, Marjane Satrapi, Xavier Dolan & the list could go on & on.
- Who is your favourite woman character from Film or TV?
Shelia Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night & of course Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in the X-files.
- In your opinion, what is a seriously under-rated cinematic masterpiece?
I only recently watched Barfi! by Anurag Basu & it’s definitely one of the best & most under rated Bollywood films I’ve ever seen. A lot of Haifaa al-Mansour ‘s work like The Bitter Journey/Wadjda/The Only Way Out is also so, so great. Blind by Eskil Vogt is also such an incredible film.
- Rank your top 3 films by your favourite director (if you have one!)
(in no particular order & I have too many, so sorry!)
Krzysztof Kieślowski – The Three Colours trilogy
Lars Von Trier – Melancholia/Dogvillle
Majid Majidi – Bacheha-ye Aseman/Children of Heaven/Rain/The Willow Tree
Tetsuya Nakashima – Confessions/Memories of Matsuko/ The World of Kanako
Sofia Coppola – Marie Antoinette/Lost in Translation
Shirin Neshat (also one of my favourite visual artists) – Women Without Men
- What was the last film you watched?
(I’ve been watching this on repeat for the past few days) Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter by David Zellner. I’ve spent a good portion of the past week just crying over the bunny scene.
- Favourite movie quote?
“I’m so embarrassed. I’m not a real person yet.”– Frances Ha. This quote sums me up to be honest.
- And finally, what film are you most looking forward to in the near future?
Oh I’m really looking forward to see The Witch by Robert Eggers, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a genuinely terrifying film, but I am trying not to have too many expectations. Also really looking forward to see Dheepan.
By Chloe Leeson
Chloe Leeson is the founder of Screenqueens. She is 20 and from the north of England (the proper north). She believes Harmony Korine is the future and is pretty sure she coined the term ‘selfie central’. She doesn’t like Pina Coladas or getting caught in the rain but she does like Ezra Miller a whole lot. Her favourite films are Into The Wild, The Beach and Lords of Dogtown. But DON’T talk to her about Paranormal Activity. She rants about cinema screenings @kawaiigoff.