Blinded by the light is a comedy/drama, a hybrid musical rooted in the British tradition of quirky comedies. It’s based on the memoir Greetings From Bury Park by journalist/broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor which chronicles his experiences as a British Muslim boy growing up in 1980s Luton and the impact Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics had upon him.
Gurinder and Safraz developed the film out of their shared passion for Springsteen. They both met him at the London premiere of the Springsteen documentary The Promise in 2010 and discovered he had not only read, but admired the book.
director: Gurinder Chadha / drama / cast: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Dean-Charles Chapman, Aaron Phagura / United Kingdom 2019, 118 min. / English spoken / Dutch subtitled