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Focus Features and Working Title partner on Nida Manzoor’s Polite Society

Nida Manzoor

Focus Features and Working Title have announced their latest collaboration POLITICAL SOCIETY, which recently wrapped production in London. The film marks the feature debut of its director/screenwriter Nida Manzoorcreator of the hit Peacock series “We Are Lady Parts” which has just been picked up for a second season. POLITICAL SOCIETY is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Felner and Parkville Pictures’ Olivier Kaempfer, with John Pocock as executive producer. The creative team is made up of director of photography Ashley Connor, and a lot of Manzoor We are lady parts collaborators, production designer Simon Walker, costume designer PC Williams, makeup artist and hairdresser Claire Cartereditor Robbie Morrisonand casting director Aisha Bywaters.

POLITICAL SOCIETY is an anarchic action-comedy set in London that follows RIA KHAN, a bolshy schoolgirl and martial artist in training who dreams of becoming a world-class stuntwoman. When Ria sees her big sister LENA give up on her dreams by dropping out of art school and getting engaged, Ria’s world is rocked. She thinks she must save her sister from the shackles of marriage the only way she knows how, by enlisting the help of her friends and attempting to pull off the most ambitious of all marriage robberies in the name of freedom and of brotherhood. Polite Society is a joyful blend of brotherly affection, parental disappointment, and bold, bloody action.

Priya Kansara

POLITICAL SOCIETY features a cast led by and featuring Priya Kansara (Bridgerton, half bad), Ritu Arya (Red Notice, The Umbrella Academy), Shobu Kapoor (We are Lady Pieces), Ella Bruccoleri (Call the midwife)Seraphine Beh (best boy), Shona Babayemi, Nimra Bucha (Ms. Marvel), Jeff Mirza (We are lady parts)and Akshay Khanna (Chloe).

Focus’ Production and Acquisitions President Kiska Higgs said: “Nida Manzoor’s fierce and fun take on West London ‘polite society’ brilliantly brings so many of our favorite things to life: girls behaving badly, women behaving badly, teaming up with your best friends to possibly ruin your sister’s life and, of course, kung fu.

Ritu Arya

Manzoor is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group. Kansara is represented by IAG Talent. Arya is represented by Grandview, Conway van Gelder Grant, ICM and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver Thompson. Kapoor is represented by Identity Agency Group. Bruccoleri is represented by Curtis Brown Group. Beh is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Insight Management & Production. Babayemi is represented by United Agents. Bucha is represented by International Artists Management. Mirza is represented by Simon & How Associates. Khanna is represented by Independent Talent Group.

Focus Features will distribute the film domestically and Universal Pictures will distribute it internationally. Joe Toto and Julia Iglesias supervised the project for Focus Features.

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