Roll’em, an all Saudi film that over the past three years was developed, produced and written by pure Saudi crew, from the actors to the director.
The movie is directed and produced by Abdulelah Al-Qurashi and Abdulrahman Khoja as a co-producer, it is scheduled to be privately screened in Vox cinemas on Wednesday and the public one will be on Thursday.
The plot revolves around Omar Nizar, a Saudi filmmaker, who for a project of his, decided to take on a journey to discover Jeddah, during which he finds out that he doesn’t know the city as much as he thought he did.
During his journey, he runs into a retired cinematographer who lived his life between Cairo and France. In stumbling upon this underrated cinematographer, the aspiring filmmaker starts to realize what his beloved city Jeddah actually means to him.
The post-production of the movie was however done in Egypt, because it is an area that the producers lacked expertise in; so they had to outsourced it, but other than that, all the creative work is purely Saudi.
Jeddah just recently opened its very first cinema back in January, and experts are expecting that around 35 million people in Saudi Arabia will go the movies yearly. So with an industry that is apparent to be blooming, it was the perfect timing to kick off the film-making industry as well and start producing Saudi films.
The revenues from cinemas is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2030 in Saudi Arabia, according to a research that was done by PwC Middle East in November. Vox cinemas added that it plans on investing $533 million to open 600 theaters in the next five years, according
Screenwriter Yasser Hammad said that having the film screened in Jeddah,
“is like a dream come true,” adding: “Without this city, I wouldn’t be able to create art.”
Range Rovers, and Quality Time With Family. Into The World of A Great Dad
Our interview with Bassel was super insightful! We got to know more about Bassel’s favorite activities during his free time, and also about his relationship with his son!
In the interview, Bassel tells us that he is “definitely” into cars, while Ranger Rovers–being his favorite car–is in fact the car that he owns. But Bassel is also into food, and what fancy taste that he has. “A lot! I love food a lot!! Though it does not show on my body.” And his favorite cuisine? Nothing but little ol’ fancy “Italian!”
When asked about what he likes to do in his free time, Bassel tells us about his favorite activities: “I love swimming. Gym is something that is very important in my life. I also spend a lot of time with my son and family.”
It is clear that Bassel thinks very highly of his son and loves spending time with him. “my son is my life companion. We play football together, and we also do plenty more activities with each other.”
Bassel receives many types of criticism in his career. He tells us about that which he considers the funniest: “one time I was told that the character I played in Tango was a mere copy-paste of the character I had played in the series Taree2ie. Both in appearance, and in content.” But Bassel does not agree with that. In fact, he laughs and says it is impossible. “In terms of appearance, I think it’s impossible that was a copy-paste.”
In response to why Bassel constantly portrays complex characters, he tells us that “it is much less that I like portraying complex characters, but more so that I like to look for characters that are unique somehow. Characters that are rich on the inside, and appealing to the actor.” And we also got to hear more about Bassel’s character in Al-Re7la: “Dr. Osama is one of the very few characters that stuck with me to the point that I kept the character’s clothes, glasses, and also the wig he had on.
A Closer Look Into Lojain Omran World
Lojain Omran the prominent Saudi TV presenter who worked in many TV shows including “Good Morning, Arabs”. Lojain has over 6 million followers on Instagram and one of the top fashion icons and influences in the gulf area.
The beautiful inside out welcomed us at her home in Dubai, where we got to chat about everything and anything, from her morning routine to her favorite fashion era.
Lojain can rock any outfit, whether it is casual or classic, she also believes 40s, 50s and 60s were the most fashionable eras that can inspire you till now. The TV star also expressed her love for bright colors because it always gives out positivity and happiness.
“I don’t like to wake up in a rush” said Omran when asked about her morning routine. “I play some music on my phone, I put it under my pillow so the music wouldn’t be too loud, I lay in bed for like 15 minutes and start to think of beautiful my day would be”. Plus, she has no favorite breakfast but she makes sure to start her day with vitamin C and black raisins.
When asked if she ever wore anything embarrassing, Lojain responded that at the beginning of her career she used to wear designs she didn’t really like as a complement to designers. However, Lojain never wears anything she doesn’t like anymore.
Her role model is Oprah Winfrey, “Starting from her struggles to what she achieved today, she is the best TV presenter in the world” Lojain continued.
“I like to try new things to challenge myself”. Said the TV presenter on risk taking. Lojain tried racing, skydiving and ziplining few times; “Anything with high adrenaline, I’m up for it” she mentioned.
The Dazzling Lady shared with us the three things she can’t live without; “Recently, I’ve discovered the ugly truth.. I can’t live without my cell phone; Not just because of social media; I use it to document and record everything, my calendar and schedule. If I want to look for a new info, I go to my phone. I’ve discovered that my phone is a very important yet annoying part of my life. The fashion influencer can’t as well live without music nor the good company.
After a long tiring day, Lojain tends to disconnect from the outside world. “I just put my phone on silent and play music, light up candles and make my favorite tea and I try to disconnect completely. I might as well read a book that I’m sure it would sooth me”
Content and gratitude are the secret ingredients to feeling better, according to the TV presenter. Lojain is always grateful for having supportive family, friends and fans.