Nightstand. Short Film. Distribution: Peccadillo Pictures. Executive Producer: Stephen Fry.
Amrou was writer & lead actor.
My first short film NIGHTSTAND, received support from Executive Producer Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen, and has received DVD and Cinema distribution through Peccadillo Pictures. It has been officially selected as part of the shorts program at the London Short Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival, Chéries-Chéris in Paris, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Oscar Qualifying Athens International Film and Video Festival, East End Film Festival and other festivals globally.
From Executive Producer Stephen Fry, TRY HARD presents a whirlwind of repressed yearnings and urban loneliness. Supported by Sir Ian McKellen and starring Nicholas Gleaves (Marvellous, Chatroom, Waterloo Road) and Amrou Al-Kadhi, NIGHTSTAND stages the destructive relationship between two men over three consecutive nights - one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is married to a woman and middle-aged. The cathartic and tender savagings of their affair unravel in the most under-represented corners of London nightlife.
Inspired by the writer's experiences, this short film embraces both the vibrancy and fragility of London's queer scene. And scored with original music inspired by the nocturnal metropolis, this work exposes the violent gentrification of Soho’s dying queer landscape.
NIGHTSTAND expresses the universal human desires to assert one's identity, be independent, find a home, love and be loved. This emotional heart is brought to life by the thriving, yet fractured setting of Soho’s nightlife. With real footage of London’s gay culture, the story is told with both a celebratory and testing frankness.
The film has received considerable support from the most influential leaders of London's LGBT community. Other sponsors have included: MAC Cosmetics; in- kind support from Molinare and Uppercut Films; world- famous LGBT venues such as G-A-Y Heaven and the Shadow Lounge. With an aim for distribution at the major film festivals in the UK and worldwide, NIGHTSTAND gives screen-time to overlooked issues of contemporary culture and everyday life in the modern world.