Professional Unicorn. Queer Iraqi non-binary Brit. In 2018, I was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, and was one of the 6 BFI/BAFTA Flare LGBTQ+ emerging filmmakers of 2017.
As a filmmaker, my first feature in development, Layla, with me as writer/director, is with Film4, produced by Savannah James-Bayly. I have another feature in development as writer/director entitled Molly Boy, with BBC Films (Sarah Brocklehurst Productions). 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 also write for established TV shows; I am a regular writer on Hollyoaks, and am writing on upcoming TV series’ Little America for Apple, and The Watch for BBC America.
My debut book, a memoir about queer intersectionality - UNICORN - with 4th Estate Books (Harper Collins), will be published on October 3rd, 2019. I am also a freelance writer for various publications - I am writing a quarterly column for Attitude Magazine, and contribute regularly to Independent Voices. I have written freelance for the following publications - The Guardian, The Gay Times, 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.
I am an established drag performer in the UK - my debut drag solo show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen, is going up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, playing at Assembly Rooms, and is being produced by Fight in the Dog. 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 have performed two sell out shows at The Soho Theatre.