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Writer/Director: Riz Ahmed

A Tilt Films/Left Handed Production presented by Film London in association with BBC Films.

DAYTIMER is a snapshot of misguided youth at a very particular time and place:  London, 1999, the heyday of Brit-Asian subculture. For Naseem, a 13-year-old boy who feels caught between his posh school and traditional Pakistani home, this world seems to provide the answer. He goes to his first ‘daytimer’ rave with a crew of older boys, losing him self in a haze of jungle music, machismo, and weed. But his search for belonging is destined to fail. As his troubled home life rears its head, he realizes that path to manhood must be walked alone.

Featuring authentic drum’n’bass, garage, and bhangra music of the time, DAYTIMER is a coming of age tale set against a unique British subculture. A film that shows how our salvation often comes in the trials of solitude, rather than the heady desire to belong.

BFI London Film Festival 2014
Sundance Film Festival 2015
Nashville Film Festival 2015 – GRAND JURY PRIZE “Best Narrative Short”
VIMEO Staff Pick 2017