Hollywood North News was lucky enough to sit down with actress/director/writer Agam Darshi.
Darshi’s feature film directorial debut is Donkeyhead which she also co-wrote and stars as lead in.
It’s the story of Mona, a failed writer, who carves out a life of isolation while caring for her ailing Sikh father. When he has a debilitating stroke Mona’s three successful siblings show up on her doorstep determined to take control of the situation.
Donkeyhead co-stars Kim Coates as Mona’s unhappily married lover (and lawyer), with Stephen Lobo (Travelers), Sandy Sidhu (Nurses) and Huse Madhavji (Schitt’s Creek) as her seemingly polished siblings, whose imperfections surface as the family confronts their past. Marvin Ishmael (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Balinder Johal (Beeba Boys) play her father and aunt, among the diverse ensemble of Canadian talent including background performers from the Regina Sikh Community.
The interview took in Darshi’s experience on the set of Donkeyhead as well as her wider career. We spoke about the casting process and discussed Sci-Fi and diversity. You can check out our review of Donkeyhead here.
Check out the full interview below.
The film tells a tale about family dynamics and the immigrant experience. The story carried a level of authenticity that is much too rare in Western Cinema.
In 2018 Agam’s screenplay, “Indians In Cowtown” was one of only six scripts accepted into the prestigious WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL’S PRAXIS SCREENWRITING LAB, where she worked intimately with a team of acclaimed writers and story editors to further develop the script.
Donkeyhead is available to watch on Netflix.