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Thu, 08/21/2008 - 15:27
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DUBAI, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- An English-language movie chronicling expatriate life in Dubai, appropriately titled "Expats", is due to start filming next monthand expected to hit theatres by the end of 2008.

Talking about his first regional film, Dubai-based movie producer Craig Johnson said emigrants used to be chasing the American dream but now it was theArabian dream that modern-day emigrants seemed to be going after.

"The Arabian empire is definitely on the rise with Dubai at the heart of it, and `Expats' is the story of some of those people who leave their native countries and everything they know to come and try to take advantage of the opportunities that a growing empire brings," said Johnson, who has been living in thecity since mid-2003.

In the movie which has a production budget of 2.5 million dirham (about US$680,605), he will explore the myth behind the Dubai dream and the multiple realities that expatriates in the city face through the intertwined story of three immigrant families who land in Dubai from different parts of theworld seeking wealth and a brighter future.

And those nursing dreams of movie stardom, please take note -- Johnson has issued a casting call for parts in the film with auditions scheduled for Aug 29and 30 from 9am till 3pm at The Radisson SAS Media City, here.

The casting team is looking for a European male, an Indian male and an Indian female for the three major parts, along with a variety of minor roles for various nationalities, including Emiratis. Interested actors can register tohave their shot at fame at

Johnson also wrote the script of the movie, touted to be Dubai's firsthome-grown full-length English-language production.

Prior to living in Dubai, he wrote comedy material and screenplays and his comedy writing saw him become a nationally-televised stand-up comic in hisnative New Zealand.