#TeamBUFF presents ZOE SAILSMAN ASGHAR: Writer/Director/Co -Producer of Longing

Zoe has over six years experience working in development, production and distribution in the TV and film industry. She has worked at multi-award winning film companies such as Pathe (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire), DJ Films (Adulthood, Kidulthood, The Iron Lady) and Gunslinger (Shank, Anuvahood).

In 2010/2011 Zoe was awarded two Skillset/UKFC funded bursaries, from Diversity in Visual Arts and Ravensbourne, through which she was able to complete a development and production fellowship with Sprout Pictures (Stephen Fry’s production company), as well as a placement at Gunslinger.

She has been credited on Adam Hills HAPPYISM, Josh Widdicome AND ANOTHER THING, Seann Walsh SEANN TO BE WILD, Sean Lock PURPLE VAN MAN and BAFTA nominated SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL.

Zoe has written five short films and Longing is her second as a director. Her next directorial outing will be the short film Umbrella. She is also currently developing a horror/thriller feature film project. Longing has been selected into 10 national and international Film Festivals and has been screened in THREE continents.

She has also been featured on British Blacklist. Please visit: http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/documenting-hopelessness-writer-director-globetrotting-short-longing-zoe-sailsman-asgha-speaks-albert-yanney-tbb/ to view article.


Zoe, “Longing is a visual piece. I wanted to explore the theme of Longing with two characters in one location. Both characters are grieving and are wanting to have  some sense of normality but in order for this to happen they must face their current loss. Dawn struggles with her own reality. In order to find some sense of closure she yearns for Rashid’s presence. She delves into her subconscious in order for this to occur.”

“STEAM was an amazing experience where I felt I learned that I have a voice and I wanted to do more! I particularly wanted to explore digital photography. In order for this to occur I would need more than £40! Thanks to crowd funding website indigogo.comwe were able to raise £1000. Our plan was to split the cost over production and distribution but unfortunately this was not possible as we needed to hire particular equipment so the majority of what was raised was spent on production.”

Zoe, “Despite the low budget I am exceedingly proud of the end product as well as the crew who were involved on the two day shoot. Im now looking forward to raising finance for my 3rd short, UMBRELLA!”

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