Director: Nida Manzoor Run Time: 103 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023
Starring: Ella Bruccoleri, Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Seraphina Beh, Shobu Kapoor
A London schoolgirl and tireless martial-artist-in-training, Ria Khan is determined to become a world-renowned stunt woman. She’s crushed when her big sister, Lena, drops out of art school, starts dating Salim — the charming, wealthy son of the prominent Shah family — and announces, after barely a month, that they plan to marry and move to Singapore! How could Lena abandon her artistic dreams to become some trophy wife? But Ria soon realizes that something isn’t right, leaving her no choice but to enlist her friends in a daring mission to kidnap Lena from her own wedding.
Nida Manzoor is a British television writer and director. She is best known for directing two episodes of Doctor Who and creating the Peacock/Channel 4 comedy show We Are Lady Parts, for which she won the 2021 Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award. Polite Society is her debut feature film.
“From the first blow to the last, Polite Society is a charm offensive that simply doesn’t let up.” ~ Ross McIndoe, Slant Magazine
“Blending a heightened sense of reality with martial-arts moves and heist movie tropes, Polite Society… is a joyful romp all its own.” ~ Alissa Wilkinson, Vox