FARSIDE begins with Sayeed; a Syrian refugee, who’s just arrived in a typical British seaside town – once full of life, funfairs and candy floss, now a derelict, forgotten and run down old resort. The day after Sayeed checks into his B&B, he meets Annabel – A happy-go-lucky waitress. The connection is obvious, and the two immediately hit it off.
She introduces him to crazy golf, 2p machines and a greasy spoon cafe, while he opens her eyes to a world outside of Rhyl, and a companionship she’s always craved.
Intertwined with this story, is the story of Jez – Annabel’s brother, who’s just been laid of from the factory for his flippant racist remarks. With his anger getting the better of him and Annabel being less attentive than usual, it spells out a bad week for Jez…
The ending is a tragic one, but one that attempts to mirror some of the atrocities that Syrian’s have faced while fleeing the tragedies of war. The audience will be left devastated, especially after becoming so fond of the young couple.
When you watch FARSIDE, you will get an insight into a wider story than just these 3 characters – when ignorance and intolerance is encouraged rather than tackled, it doesn’t work out well for anyone.
Why We Made FARSIDE
Brexit is a subject fresh in the mind of all Brits and Europeans. Article 50 has just been triggered, and with it came a spat of racially motivated incidents… and with the Syrian refugee crisis continuing, INDIVIDUALS are being forgotten.
Countries all over Europe and the world are giving the cold shoulder to these people. Who are we, as a nation / as a planet, to treat any humans differently to anyone else?
This film isn’t about politics. It’s about knowing right from wrong. It’s about people. It’s not a question of ‘Why am I making this film’? – it’s a case of ‘Why wouldn’t I?’