On Sunday 20th November, Jassa will be attending the London premiere of Resistance at the Curzon Mayfair. Jassa provided vocal performances in Russian for the film that looks set to dominate independent cinema screens across the nation.
With the film boasting a fine selection of British stars, including Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough, Iwan Rheon (Misfits) and Stanislav Ianevski (Krum in Harry Potter), the premiere promises to be a star studded occasion.
Fittingly HRH the Prince of Wales will be attending the Welsh premiere the following day.
Resistance is set in an alternative 1944, the D-Day Landings have failed, Germany has invaded and Britain is now under enemy occupation. In the Olchon Valley, a group of Welsh farmers’ wives wake up one morning to find their husbands have vanished. As they await the men’s return the women work together to keep things going. But as the winter sets in a patrol of German soldiers arrives, forcing the women to confront the fine line that lies between resistance and collaboration.
Though the powerful big name performances and stunning snow covered scenery may have you believe otherwise, Resistance is not a big budget production. The integrity and authenticity of the film comes from the acute attention to detail. This was where Jassa came in; he provided the voices of various Russian partisans.
Jassa studied Russian at University College London, the top university in the country for Slavonic and Eastern European studies. During his time in Russia and at UCL Jassa found that the grammar was among the most complex of any living language but reading and the accent came to him quite easily. Many of the sounds in Russian are similar to sounds used in Punjabi* and both languages use non-Latin alphabets. As a result Jassa can perform very convincingly in Russian. The combined efforts of details such as these lend Resistance its big budget production value which has been making headlines.