‘Slackistan’ Team at the red carpet of Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Pictures)

October 15, 2010

The stars and creatives of Slackistan walked the red carpet at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The Slackistan team of Hammad Khan, Aisha Linnea Akhtar, Shahana Khan Khalil and Adnan Malik walked the red carpet with the Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Clive Owen, Gerard Depardieu, Director Oliver Stone, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and other stars for the first day of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan’s ‘slacker’ privileged youth uncovered

January 6, 2010

By Shabnam Mahmood
BBC Asian Network

Islamabad is the setting for British director Hammad Khan’s first film Slackistan, a low budget independent feature looking at Pakistan’s young and privileged as they drift around in a world of dating, drinking and parties despite the terror attacks on their city.

“On a personal trip to the country I realised this was a story right under our noses to tell about young people out there,” says Khan.

Khan’s wife Shandana Ayub, from north London, has co-written and produced the movie.

“For someone who doesn’t know Pakistan at all, the images they’ll see on TV is of bombs and bad people – but that’s not the kind of Pakistan we know,” she says.

Some attacks took place during filming.

“It was almost like trying to find a window between suicide bombings in Islamabad and just trying quickly to shoot this film under the radar,” says Khan.

Acting novice Shahana Khan Khalil says the film is ‘painfully honest’

The movie is inspired by a 1991 American movie called Slacker by Richard Linklater.
Khan says his film is “about the slightly privileged and disaffected 20-something who’s reasonably comfortable

Instep Interview: Hammad Khan, Director Slackistan

Slackistan: A new look at Islamabad,

indie music and individuality
Instep Today speaks to Hammad Khan,
the director of the upcoming film Slackistan

Saba Imtiaz

Slackistan-1The Slackistan trailer has been discussed and dissected widely. The story of young adults trying to discover themselves in a rapidly changing Islamabad has garnered a lot of interest in Pakistan and abroad. Directed by the London-based Pakistani filmmaker Hammad Khan, Slackistan may just be the most relevant film for young people who find themselves searching for their identity in the socio-political climate.  Instep Today speaks with the filmmaker…

Welcome to Slackistan: Pakistan’s first ever slacker movie [The Guardian]

October 25, 2009

By Riazat Butt

A few hundred miles from Pakistan’s Badlands, Islamabad is the setting for Hammad Khan’s new low-budget indie flick. So why does it feel like smalltown America?

Visitors to Islamabad, the small but perfectly formed capital of Pakistan, could be forgiven for thinking that the only things to rock the place were terrorist attacks. But they would be wrong. The city, population approximately 600,000, forms the backdrop for the country’s first slacker movie. Titled Slackistan, the low-budget independent film from first-time British director Hammad Khan features the Pakistani young and privileged as they drift around in a rarefied world of cars, dating, drinking and parties. Worrying only about what to wear and where to go, this group of fashionably-dressed kids could be in Orange County or New York’s Upper East Side.

Khan, who

Uzair Jaswal & Adil Omar Collaborating for “Slackistan” Soundtrack

October 1, 2009

‘Slackistan’ is an independent feature film by Hammad Khan about a group of twentysomething friends desperately stuck in angst and confusion in their hometown of Islamabad.

The sensation of Islamabad, Uzair Jaswal and the only internationally recognized Pakistani rapper Adil Omar are teaming up for the soundtrack of the film.

The film is being directed by the award-winning filmmaker Hammad Khan, whose short films have been screened, nominated and awarded at film festivals around the world.

Slackistan stars some of the freshest, most talented and downright cool personalities you could expect to be introduced to namely:

Shahbaz Hamid Shigri
Ali Rehman Khan
Shahana Khan Khalil
Osman Khalid Butt
Aisha Linnea Akhtar

For more details on the film, see the Facebook group.