Adnan is a junior doctor and medical film producer. He is the producer of Nora, a film that premiered at the BFI IMAX cinema as part of TEDxNHS 2018. The film is set to be shown at several international film festivals over the course of the next year.
Stuff we chatted about
00:54 Adnan’s journey into medicine.
05:17 Struggling with exams… and why it was important for him.
10:30 The different ways we both needed “something else” besides a career in medicine (#millennials)
12:48 Past vs present generational attitudes towards careers in medicine.
13:35 What’s it like being a Darzi Fellow?
17:33 Where did the interest in filmmaking come from?
20:39 Intro to Nora.
22:25 The “conveyor belt” nature of traditional medical training.
23:47 Where/when Nora is screening.
25:58 Brief synopsis of the film.
27:14 A “Darzi approach” to the film industry.
29:46 Self-funding the film, the importance of networking (meeting the director Dustin Murphy) and how the film was written/planned/casted.
32:21 Collaborating with TEDxNHS.
33:56 The importance of a flat hierarchy and open, collaborative, listening-heavy professional relationships.
36:57 Tickbox culture and skewed priorities in healthcare.
39:28 Lessons from doctoring relevant to filmmaking. A film producer is like the medical registrar on-call.
42:52 The importance of improv. What to do when your lead actress called in sick…
46:23 Adnan’s current working week.
48:30 Future projects.
How to watch Nora
The film will be shown online for free between October 17-19th here.
Officially selected for Tweetfest 2018 (November 27-29 in London)
Want more from Adnan?
@addyfilms on twitter
@addyfilms on instagram
Here is a great podcast where Adnan and Dustin are interviewed by a fellow filmmaker
Recommended film – Unbreakable
Until next week.