- 'Majorelle Shell' is an independent film directed by Usman Shah which releases today.
- Former Liberal Democrat Culture and Media spokesperson, John Leech, worked closely with local constituent and student, Usman Shah, as executive producer.
Today, south Manchester student Usman Shah, releases his debut production, 'Majorelle Shell' - inspired after the colour paint created by Jacques Majorelle and revitalized by Yves Saint Laurent is a film about self discovery, realisation and understanding of the world we inhabit from a surrealist perspective.
The film took four months to shoot at a cost of £2,000 - all raised through donations and crowdfunding and is a stop-motion, pixilation film that uses expressionism, vibrant symbolic imagery with historical and contemporary references. More than 25 people were involved in the production which was filmed across the UK including Manchester, Yorkshire and Wales.
Former south Manchester MP and Liberal Democrat Culture & Media spokesperson, Cllr. John Leech, was one of the executive producers working closely with Mr Shah, offering advice and experience during production.
The recently elected councillor, John Leech, said: "There is no doubt that Usman is an exceptionally talented film-maker and I'm sure that he will go on to much bigger productions from here.
"The film is exquisitely shot with some tremendous acting and a fascinating concept. It's just a really beautiful film, and it is a testament to Usman's complete dedication to this project, and his skills, that he has pulled off a film of cinematic quality on a budget most producers would turn their noses up at."
John Leech has long been a keen supporter of the British and independent film industry, especially in the North of England. Last year he opened Manchester College's new film school, and he has been a frequent campaigner for increased funding for Manchester and the North West.
Leech concluded: "I wish Usman every success for the future, I know he has a bright one ahead, and I will continue to offer my support in what ever way I can."
Director Usman Shah said: "This if my first, of hopefully many, feature films and I'm thrilled to be releasing it today after what has been a long and challenging four months.
"The film tells a unique tale of someone's life turned upside down after everything he knows is questioned. It's really a very art-deco style film that challenges how we see everyday life.
Shah concluded: "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted and supported me in the making of this film, especially; Kit Preston, my lead actor; my dad, whom without this couldn't have happened and John Leech for his invaluable support and guidance throughout.
"It's been an incredible experience and I want to thank everyone involved."
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