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Biography

Kamran Qureshi is an award-winning British Film and Television Director and media academic. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. As a Research Associate, he has done a post doctoral research at the School of Art, Media and American studies and also teaches Film and TV Production; 3D Modelling; Digital Media Theory & Practice; Ethics in a Digital Age; The Internet; and Theorising social media to BA and MA Film, Television, Media and Creative Practice students at the University of East Anglia since 2019.

Kamran's PhD was in Professional Practice Film, Television and Media. It was the first-ever doctoral study that brings together theoretical readings on the representation of intersex people with filmmaking practice. He was a coordinator of the Green Film Festival @UEA 2022, an annual environmentally-themed film festival, which holds film screenings, workshops, speeches, and other events, supported with Global Research Translation Award (GRTA) funded by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI). Kamran was also a UEA local lead for the UK reproducibility network (UKRN) to raise awareness about data sharing and open research and reproducibility.

He is the former Communication Editor at CHASE’s Brief Encounters Postgraduate Journal for issue 4 (2019-2020) and also a Governor at the Council of Governors at the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2018-2020). Kamran is a founding member of Evergreen Media Europe Ltd (1999) and KQ Movies Ltd (2018). 

He is the recipient of UEA's Engagement Award 2022 and Finalist of Innovation and Impact Award 2022, University of East Anglia. Kamran is the winner of Best Director Feature Film at the Hollywood Gold Awards, Berlin Indie Film Festival, Paris Film Awards 2021; Best First Time Director Feature Film at the Rome International Movie Awards 2021; Best TV Film award at the Indus TV Festival 2003; the Best Director Series and Best TV Series awards at the Indus Drama Awards 2005; the Best Talk Show at the PTV Awards 2002, as well as four nominations for Best TV Director Series at the Lux Style Awards, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. One of his productions was also nominated for Best TV Producer series (with Co-Producer Raheel Rao) at the Lux Style Awards 2010.

His new feature film Only Love Matters (2022) has done well on the film festival circuit and has won over 30 awards including Best Director, Best Producer, Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Romantic film, Best Women film, Best Message and Best Original Idea. Please see: https://onlylovemattersmovie.com/blog/awards/

Kamran has extensive experience in directing various media concerning women, mothers, children, young girls, intersex people and LGBT+. He has directed and produced content covering a wide variety of issues such as- child labour, child marriage, child abuse/prostitution, honour killing, religious intolerance, sexual abuse/rape, gambling addiction, drug smuggling and human trafficking. Kamran has also worked as an Editor and Aerial/handheld camera operator. He started his career as a Digital video effects designer. He has worked with several global brands including Ariel, Nestle Nesvita, Nestle Nido, Lipton, John Player’s Gold Leaf, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Walls, Pepsi, WildCat and Barclays.

 

Academic Background 

PhD (Professional Practice in Film, TV and Media); EMBA (Marketing and Advertising), followed by formal training in filmmaking from National Film & Television School Beaconsfield; London Film School and London Film Academy.

 

Personal website

http://kamranqureshi.com/

Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities

Kamran is the director of the internationally acclaimed films, television series and talk shows:

Only Love Matters (2022). Feature Film. KQ Movies Ltd. Recipient of above 30 awards in international film festivals including Best Director, Best Producer, Best Feature Film, and Best Screenplay.

Mushrik (Polytheist, 2017). A Plus TV Network. 22-part series.

Choti Si Kahani (A Little Story, 2011). PTV Network. 17-part series. Recipient of Best TV Serial, Actor, Director, Writer and Producer nominations at the 3rd PMA Award 2012.

Beyond the Silence of the Sea (2010). PTV Network. TV Documentary.

Ishq Ki Inteha (Unbounded Love, 2010). GEO TV Network. Recipient of Best Producer TV series nomination at the 9th Lux Style Award with Raheel Rao.

Nestlé Nesvita Women of Strength (2009). PTV Network. Weekly TV Talk Show.

Nestlé Nido Young Stars (2008-10). PTV Network. Weekly TV Talk Show.

Sarkar Sahab (Evicted Lord, 2007-8). ARY Digital TV. 29-part series. Recipient of Best TV Serial, Best TV Actor and Best TV Director nominations at the 8th Lux Style Awards.

Makan (Home a Heaven, 2006). GEO TV Network. Recipient of Best Director TV series nomination.

Riyasat (Kingdom of Hearts, 2005-6). ARY Digital TV. 26-part series. Recipient of Best TV Serial and Best TV Actress Award, at the 5th Lux Style Awards, along with the Best Director and Best TV Actor nominations.

Moorat (Idol, 2004-5). ARY Digital TV. 32-part series. Recipient of several nominations at the 4th Lux Style Award, including Best Director and Best TV Drama Serial.

Murad (Desire,2003). Indus TV Network. Recipient of Best Director and Best Telefilm Awards at the Indus Telefilm Festival, 2003; also, a Special Award for Acting in the First Indus Drama Awards 2005.

Ariel Mothers (2000-02). PTV Network. Weekly TV Talk Show. Recipient of Best TV Programme in private productions at the PTV Award 2002.

 

Selected Media Appearance Activities:

  • Meet the award-winning British director Kamran Qureshi, Canada One TV, Feb 2021

  • Mushrik TV series in Mauritius, MBC TV News Network, 2017

  • Making of Nesvita Women of Strength 09 TV Show by Ayesha Khan, Geo TV Network, 2009

  • Nido Young Stars TV Talk Show by Atiqa Odho, Geo TV Network, 2008

  • Nido young stars show, The Nation, 2008

  • Dil Ke Batein TV Show (Guest) by Faisal Qureshi, ARY Digital TV Network, 2007

  • Film and TV direction by Neha Ansari, (Guest/Mentor) One Day Apprentice TV Show, Business Plus TV, 2006

  • Bushra Bushra TV Talk Show (Guest) by Bushra Ansari, Indus TV Network, 2006

  • Chai Time, Live TV Show by Sahir Lodhi, Indus TV Network, 2005

  • On the location of Riyasat TV Serial (Kingdom of Hearts) by Rafiq Nasir, ARY Digital TV Network, 2005

  • From Maa to Maamta by Uzma Mazhar, SHE Magazine, 2004

  • Telefilms have their day, Dawn News, 2003

  • Telefilm festival, SHE Magazine, 2003

  • The Man Behind Maa by Maryam Juzer, Dawn News, 2002

  • A tribute to mothers, Tview by Farhat Anis, THE NEWS International, 2001

  • A tribute to mothers, Telewise by Peerzada Salman, MAG The Weekly, 2001

  • Completion of one year special Show of Ariel Mothers, PTV Network, 2001

  • Demarcating Directors by Sumeha Malik, THE NEWS International, Images – Tube Time by Afia Zahoor, 1999

  • Hai Drama, WOMEN’S OWN, 1998

 

Editorial Board Membership

Communication Editor, issue 4, 2019-20, Brief Encounters Postgraduate Journal by CHASE

 

Community Engagement Activities

  • Governor Central, Council of Governors of the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2018-20

  • Member, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2012-18

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Key research interests

Hollywood, British, Australian films and Television, Gender, Media practice, Legislations and Representation of Intersex.

 

Conference papers:

'Film vs TV: Intersex representation in Australian media', Intersex 2020: A Vision for the Future, the Dublin City University, Ireland, April 2021.

'Portrayal of Intersex Characters in Indian Cinema', The Southwest Conference, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, US, October 2020.

‘Intersex Representation in the US Television Dramas’, London Screen Studies Conference, Birkbeck, University of London, June 2019.

‘The impact of Transgender Persons Act, 2018 on the intersex community in Pakistan’, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intersex Conference, University of Lincoln, July 2019.

 

Invited talks:

‘A Creative, Critical Exploration of Intersex Characters in English Language Films’,  The INIA (Intersex: New Interdisciplinary Approaches) Network.

‘The Representation of Intersex Characters in English Feature Films’, AVPhD series, University of Westminster, July 2019.

‘TV drama direction’, Eveready Academy, Eveready Group, 2011.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions