A COMEDY gangster film set in Harrow and Wembley - and penned by a local writer - has earned an award at Europe's largest independent film festival.
Cash and Curry, the tale of a young British Asian who decides to steal from one of London's biggest drug barons, won the Special Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Portobello Film Festival.
The feature, scripted by Harrow's Christine Edwards, was shot in just 11 days on a budget of only £30,000, and is likely to be picked up by a distributor after premiering in Notting Hill's Westbourne Studios during the festival.
North Harrow-based actor and co-producer, Manish Patel, 35, who plays Gabbar Patel, said: "The film is about two gangs, one black and one Asian, and they have effectively divided Harrow and Wembley between them.
"Gabbar is known as the baddest gangster in Wembley and is control of one of the gangs.
"Cash and Curry is a very violent film but the violence is counteracted by the comedy so you don't take it so seriously; the audience in the cinema were in hysterics.
"It's very important to state though: it wasn't made for a British Asian audience but for a British audience. It's such a hotchpotch of everything that makes British television and films great. This is a film that Harrow residents will be proud of."
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