Ian Iqbal Rashid

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Ian Iqbal Rashid (born in 1971, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) is a poet, screenwriter and film maker.

In his early childhood, his family were forced to leave Tanzania. After failing to secure asylum in the UK and US, they settled in Canada. In the early 1990s, Rashid returned to London, Britain, where he lives today with his partner, the writer and curator Peter Ride.

Touch of Pink, his first feature film, spent 12 years in development.[1] In 2003 he finally had the chance to direct the project as a Canada-UK co-production. It premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim,[2] a bidding war, and eventually, a sale to Sony Picture Classics.

How She Move received a similar reception at Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Rashid in 2006/7, the film is set in the world of step dancing. It was nominated for a Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and purchased by Paramount Vantage. The film opened to great reviews [3][4][5] and strong box office: another indie success story to emerge from Sundance.

Rashid's next feature project is American English, due to begin production in 2014. The film, a comedy, is written by Rashid and will be produced by The King's Speech‍ '​s Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman alongside Christina Piovesan, producer of Amreeka and The Whistleblower.[6] He is also developing two television projects for North America with Sienna Films, the producers of Touch of Pink and How She Move .

Self-taught as a film-maker, Rashid began his career in the late 1990s, working as a writer in UK television. His credits include the soap, London Bridge (Carlton Television for ITV), and the cult hit BBC2 series This Life for which he received the Writer's Guild of England award. Rashid has written two award-winning short films, Surviving Sabu (1999, Arts Council of England) and Stag (2001, BBC Films).

He wrote and read his short story "Muscular Bridges" for BBC Radio 4's HMS Windrush Anniversary. For BBC's Woman's Hour Programme, Rashid wrote and directed Leaving Normal, a comedy serial about gay adoption starring Imelda Staunton and Meera Syal.[7]

Rashid has written three award-winning books of poetry. The most recent is The Heat of Yesterday. He has also curated film programmes and exhibitions for venues such as the National Film Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Experimenta.

Amongst many awards and festival prizes, Rashid has received the Aga Khan Award for Excellence in the Arts.[citation needed] Ian was selected as one of 2010's Breakthrough Brits on the prestigious UK Film Council (BFI) programme. [1]


  1. ^ Murray, Rebecca. Jimi Mistry on Touch of Pink About.com, undated.
  2. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk.Touch of Pink Hollywood Reporter, January 21, 2004.
  3. ^ Seitz Zoller, Matt. Dance, Fight, Laugh, Cry and Read Great Literature The New York Times, January 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Denby, David. Young and Restless: How She Move and The Witnesses The New Yorker, February 4, 2008.
  5. ^ Anderson, John. How She Move The Washington Post, January 25, 2008.
  6. ^ "'King's Speech' Producers Set Next Project (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ Rashid, Ian Iqbal. Leaving Normal: a new comedy about gay adoption BBC Radio 4 Blog, June 7, 2010

External links[edit]

  • Ian Iqbal Rashid on IMDb