The Winning Film:
A film that is set in the extravagant environs of an Indian wedding, and delves into the merky world of Indian politics and big business, will revisit the Shakespearean tragedy of Titus Andronicus as part of a year-long celebration of Shakespeare's influence in contemporary life. The Hungry, written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (writer-director, Let's Be Out and The Sun Is Shining), is the first India-UK co-production to emerge from the Microwave International: Shakespeare India series of workshops which concluded in early-July 2015. The film has been co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam (line producer, 20,000 Days on Earth).
The film will be jointly funded by Indian production house CINESTAAN Film Company and Film London and will form part Shakespeare on Screen, a year-long programme which forms part of the global celebrations marking 400 years since the playwright’s death. Following this development, Film London announces actor, directors and writer Sir Kenneth Branagh as the patron of Shakespeare on Screen. As well as supporting Film London’s work, Branagh is also set to participate in 2016’s activity, with details revealed next year.
About the project:
British Council is supporting a unique filmmaking initiative by Film London, which hopes to promote the works of Shakespeare. As a part of this exercise six filmmaking teams were formed comprising an eclectic pool of 16 artists from UK and Asia.
The participants comprising writers, directors and producers from the UK and India were put through a week-long intensive training workshop by Film London in the UK to develop projects, which are influenced by the works of Shakespeare. The teams were assigned different Shakespeare-themed projects to work on at a week-long workshop which concluded on July 24.
Various industry professionals such as Ritesh Batra (director, The Lunchbox), Pete Travis (director, Dredd; Vantage Point); Jonathon Rushton (Head of Theatrical, Artificial Eye) and Pete Buckingham (Founder, SampoMedia) held sessions with the participants.
For further information
Keep an eye on the Film London Microschool India initiative visit Film London-India. Follow the updates on Twitter by keeping an eye on @Film_London and the hashtags #MicroIndia and #ShakespeareLives.