Professional Unicorn. Queer Iraqi non-binary Brit.
I was selected as a 2018 Screen Star of Tomorrow, and was one of the 6 BFI/BAFTA Flare LGBTQ+ emerging filmmakers in 2017.
As a filmmaker, my first feature, LAYLA, with me as writer/director, is with Film4, produced by Savannah James-Bayly. Previously, I have written/directed four short films, including ANEMONE (BBC Films & Film London), Run(a)way Arab, (Peccadillo Pictures & Revry), VICTORIA SIN, (NOWNESS, Revry), and CLASH (BBC4 Broadcast, BFI, Revry).
As a writer performer, I have two TV shows in development. A comedy-series called Nefertiti, (Big Talk and Channel 4 - co-writer Matthew Knott), and Beards (Playground and BBC - co-writer Ellie Kendrick), and a musical-feature film about Islam and drag with the BFI entitled Glamrou.
I am the creator of musical comedy live-singing drag troupe Denim; Denim is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics & Bumble and Bumble, and is represented by United Agents. We have received 5* in The Scotsman and 4* in The Guardian, and our next show, Denim: The Reunion Tour, is the Soho Theatre main show between the 14th of November and 1st of December.
My debut book, a memoir about queer intersectionality - UNICORN - with 4th Estate Books (Harper Collins), will be published in 2019. I am also a freelance writer for various publications - I am writing a column for The Gay Times & Attitude Magazine, and two/three a month for Independent Voices. I have written freelance for the following publications - The Guardian, The i-Paper, i-D Magazine, Little White Lies, Gay Star News, Hunger Magazine, CNN, HUCK Magazine, Visual Verse, Zed Books, Saqi Books, the BFI, Cause & Effect Magazine & The Inkling Magazine.