When planning commenced on my then untitled British Social Realist film I knew that thefact it would be presented by ³Film4´ would have a huge impact on what would be my finishedproduct. I researched recurring themes in both ³Film4¶s´ body of work and British SocialRealist films and found that aspiration, negative and surrogate father figures were oftenshown in these films (³This Is England´, ³East Is East´, ³Slumdog Millionaire´, ³28 DaysLater´, ³Fish Tank´, ³Bullet Boy´, ³Kidulthood´)in addition to the characters often livingwith working class families in urban areas. I incorporated these themes into my workbecause I wanted this film not to feel unlike a typical ³Film4´ British Social Realistfilm. Due to the success of British Social Realist films such as ³East Is East´ that have aniche British Asian target audience that is usually untouched ,I decided to market the filmat this audience especially after the success of the ³Film4´ film ³Slumdog Millionaire´which was well received by this audience.
Due to the fact this film was commissioned by ³Film4´ in my planning I knew my story had tobe realistic and deal with subject matter that isn¶t explored in mainstream Hollywoodcinema. Using this knowledge and the fact my target audience was a young Asian Britishaudience I decided to have the story revolve around a British Asian family but inparticular a young girl in the family because this would go against stereotypes (,that³Film4´ I believe would benefit from avoiding) in addition to having a more dramaticprotagonist. In my research I discovered a ³Channel 4´ documentary ³Ambreen: The GirlBoxer´about a teenage British Muslim girl trying to become a boxer. The story of thedocumentary had everything I needed for my film and also because it was based on a truestory appealed even more to me because it would already have an established audience andthe documentary was owned by ³Channel 4´ so I knew I would be able to use this documentaryas a source of inspiration.
³Film4´ had a constant presence in my work which made me create characters which couldparticularly conform to the characters in their previous body of work while also appealingto my target audience because they¶re realistic characters who my target audience may befamiliar with; in particular the brother who is considered a bad Muslim and has a historyof violence and drug abuse.