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Amrou Al-Kadhi

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Professional Unicorn. Queer Iraqi non-binary Brit. In 2018, Amrou was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, and was one of the 6 BFI/BAFTA Flare LGBTQ+ emerging filmmakers of 2017. Amrou is a filmmaker and has a first feature in development, Layla, with Film4, is produced by Savannah James-Bayly. Previously, Amrou has 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, Amrou has 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. They are a regular writer on Hollyoaks, and writing on upcoming TV series’ Little America for Apple, and The Watch for BBC America. Amrou's debut book, a memoir about queer intersectionality - UNICORN - with 4th Estate Books (Harper Collins), will be published on October 3rd, 2019. They 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. Amrou is an established drag performer in the UK, whose debut drag solo show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen, is going up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Amrou created the musical comedy live-singing drag troupe Denim.