Welcome to a world of glamour, controversies, and choreography.
When most people think about Australia, they picture massive sandy beaches, singlet-clad locals drinking beer, and kangaroos bounding through the dusty red outback. Saris, musical numbers, and masala are the furthest from anyone’s mind – unless of course, you’re one of the millions of Bollywood fans from around the world.
It was in the late 1990’s that the outrageous, colourful, and musical Bollywood crews first descended on the Australian landscape and fascinated locals around the country. More than just novel new entertainment, Bollywood brought serious money to Australian shores, and the industry quickly became a darling of the tourism, trade, and educational bodies. Beneath the glitz and glamour is a roller coaster tale of normally dry politicians bending over backwards to try and lure the industry to Australia – from announcing considerable film subsidies to Premiers performing cameos in dance sequences.
Brought to you by a cross cultural film team widely credited as a major influence on the growth of ties between the Australian and Indian film industries, this feature length documentary provides a rare insiders view of the brass, arse, and farce of Bollywood’s inner workings on a global scale.
The film is a celebration of Bollywood cinema and its expansion as a global entertainment giant. In a sometimes hilarious clash of filmmaking cultures, we explore the successes and failures of Bollywood’s rise as a serious subculture in Australia, and around the world.
See past the myths and legends that surround the industry and witness the Bollywood reality – something far more entertaining than any fictional tale.
The Producers acknowledge the support of the Australian Government through the Producer Offset and Screen Australia
Have you been looking to tell your Bollywood story?
Look no further. Take advantage of this rare platform to voice your unique Bollywood story from Australia or anywhere outside India, negative or positive.
If shortlisted you will be interviewed for the film and your experience shared through the film or our social media. We are looking forward to hearing from you all. Please do email us on BDUfilm@gmail.com.
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Non Theatrical available globally.
ANZ Theatrical Rights secured by Forum Films
South Asia Theatrical Rights in contracting and no longer available.
Claire Haywood is an experienced writer, director and producer of documentaries, with a background in drama. She produced and co-wrote the Documentary Australia Foundation award-winning feature The Pink House, about Kalgoorlie’s last brothel, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2017. Claire’s recent Executive Producing credits include the comedian-driven 8 part series Unreal Estate, Storm Season about the inspiring work of the SES, and Gold Coast Cops , observing an elite police squad in action. Her Series Producing credits include the heart-warming Crash Test Mummies & Daddies, the Logie Award-winning 10-part series Kings Cross ER 1 and 2. Post-producing and writing credits include the award-winning Kalgoorlie Cops, Territory Cops, The Suspects and numerous factual programs. She wrote and directed the revealing 4 part ob doc series Taxi School for SBS and the 1-hour documentary Kulka about Indigenous activist Gordon Briscoe for NITV. Claire has also worked as a development executive and consultant for independent production companies and is working on a diverse slate of projects for her company Wonderland Productions.
Deepti is a content strategist and consultant with a deep passion for connecting ideas and people.
She wears multiple hats – that of consultant in social media and brand management, a strategist in
human capital and a content producer.
Most recently she co-produced and lead the social media campaign for 'The Run' - a feature length documentary which follows Pat Farmer's test of human spirit and behind the scenes drama as he runs the length of India - 80 kms for 64 days. Deepti has also championed the social marketing campaign for the first film produced by the Australia India Film Fund – unINIDAN starring Brett Lee.
She has won multiple awards including many at Asian Television Awards, World Media Festivals, International Business Awards and most recently the Young Professional of the Year Award at IABCA 2016. Deepti serves as a jury member for New York Festivals World's Best TV and Film Awards and BANFF Rockie Awards.
Jannine Barnes has worked in the Australian Film Industry for over 20 years in various guises
including production manager and production accountant on many well-known Australian feature films and
broadcast documentaries. She has always had the ambition and passion for feature film and DOWNRIVER
was the debut film for both her and her production company HAPPENING FILMS. Premiering at the Toronto
International Film Festival in 2015 DOWNRIVER has won a number of international awards, and sold to
key territories including the US and UK.
Jannine has previously produced 15 short films including the Screen Australia Springboard short film The Wilding which premiered in 2012 at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Hot Shots funded Deep Storage which premiered in Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival in May winning the Best Short Film Award. Her latest projects are the VR Film 30 MINUTES OF DANGER based on the best-selling YA novel 300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018 and the feature documentary STRANGERS TO THE WORLD starring Rachel Griffiths which will make its debut in 2019.
Jannine actively works to promote the industry and is often invited onto panels and has twice mentored a group of film makers complete their first film for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Beyond Blue. She has attended the Berlinale Film Festival as a participant in the highly-regarded Talents program and was named by Screen International as a "Future Leader" in 2015.
Anupam is a filmmaker, speaker and author with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Films & Theatre,
and a post- graduate thesis on Indian cinema from University of NSW. Named as one of the fifty most
powerful & influential Australian film professionals by Encore magazine and nominated as the Australia
Day ambassador seven years in a row. He is the founding head of films & casting TEMPLE, and has lead a
team of film professionals, who have worked on more than 264 projects between Australia and India,
Denmark, USA, & China, including feature films, television serials, music videos, television
commercials, as well as film festivals. Anupam was founding head of AI Film Fund (2013-16).
He directed a short documentary Indian Aussies – Terms & Conditions Apply for the Australian National Maritime Museum. Anupam then directed the much-publicized romantic comedy unINDIAN starring Australian cricketer Brett Lee and internationally acclaimed actress Tannishtha Chatterjee. After which he directed an award winning feature length factual -The Run. Anupam is currently in pre for his thriller feature film in Victoria titled ‘Honour’.
Samantha is an experienced Production Coordinator with
a background in scripted feature films. Since
beginning her career, Samantha has had the pleasure of
working with some of the largest production companies
in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Her past production credits include Australian films Storm Boy, RAMS and the award winning period drama, The Nightingale.
Samantha has a Bachelor degree in Communications with a major in Media from Griffith University.
Jacqui is a leading business women with over 35 years experience. She worked in a senior
executive/director role firstly alongside her 2 brothers and then in her own business. A trail blazer
in the construction, quarrying, mining and associated industries her unique and determined approach
secured global success for the business as she led the charge that changed the face of how hydraulic
excavators are used around the globe. Miller UK limited is now a world famous brand and continues to
be a leader in its field. Jacqui stepped down from her operational role in 2014 after over 30 years
but remains a shareholder of the business she helped shape and has since gone on to mentor and inspire
many business professionals looking to create, grow or change their own businesses.
In 2017 Jacqui founded the first ever Newcastle International Film Festival, which she successfully delivered against all the odds in 2018 to glowing media reports and reviews. She is the founding head of JMC & Co Entertainment with a slate of film and TV projects between UK, India, Australia, Canada and the US, featuring some blue chip names both in front and behind the camera.
Trevor is a business professional with over 40 years’ experience operating in a diverse range of industries. His career path to date has included ownership of several jewellery businesses, ownership of the largest communications company in the North East of England distributing for BT, O2, Telephonica and many more major European telecom companies as well as more recently becoming a founding partner in a property and land development business.
Manish is a strategic thinker that leads him to drive forward on your behalf and believe that nothing
is impossible in your financial, business and wealth journey. He loves being challenged in all areas
of his work and leveraging his quick understanding of your issues to design workable solutions that
deliver the results you need. Connecting strongly with clients through building great and honest
relationships, Manish excels in making a difference to their future financial wellbeing and security.
He has been nominated for a number of industry awards in the accounting, wealth and SMSF areas. In his free time Manish’s passion for Bollywood and related events /services has been commended by many in the industry
Mr Bhoola is a businessman and property developer from Sydney with a great passion for Bollywood.
Dancing Shiva aims to create content for global consumption. Cinema being the centre of its Universe, the exponential growth of Digital Entertainment, content today crosses boundaries and finds itself on more screens than just cinemas and television. Video content is now consumed on the go, on mobile phones and tablets as well. Keeping in mind all these exhibition formats, importance of video content in local languages and global reach, we strive to deliver entertaining content, which can be consumed in the most convenient manner, be it Cinema, Smart TVs, Mobile Phones, Tablets or Computers! Our goal is to work with likeminded people and strike meaningful alliances with global partners, who share the same vision of creation, growth and sustenance of the content and business.
Janine received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. She practiced in the areas of securities, mergers / acquisitions and intellectual property for 6 years at the New York and Tokyo offices of Cleary Gottlieb, a leading international law firm. Thereafter, she worked at the New York offices of Showtime Networks, where she managed television distribution contracts and advised on advertising, antitrust, copyright and trademark law. In 1998, she moved to Australia and worked at the Film Finance Corporation (predecessor to Screen Australia) in Sydney as Legal Manager advising on the company’s investments in feature films and television drama until 2006. She subsequently joined an entertainment boutique helmed by Nina Stevenson. Since 2008 she has operated a sole practice, JP Media Law + Consulting, where she represents creators, financiers and producers of media projects and advises on all aspects of contract and copyright law, financing and distribution. Janine acted as Executive Producer on several feature films, including Road Train, The Reef, and Rip Tide with several more in development. She is qualified to practice in Australia and the United States.
Casey is an emerging Australian film producer and researcher. After cutting her teeth on a range of short films that have screened at festivals everywhere from Sydney to San Francisco and New Delhi, she began a career in digital content and TVCs, working with premium brands such as Formula 1, Pepsi, and Heineken. Now following her passion for documentary, Casey draws on her experience in branded content to bring a strong commercial understanding to every stage of the documentary process, turning real world stories into engaging and entertaining films. She works across a broad range of styles and subject matter, recently completing the TV special Tough Conversations with Henry Rollins (2018), and upcoming feature AI documentary MACHINE.
Across various facets of the film and TV industries in London, Sydney and Dubai, Racheal has worked across production, commissioning and film acquisitions. Racheal has worked for companies such as leading UK Sales Agent Bankside Films, Renegade Pictures, Studio Lambert, Channel Four and the Seven Network
Nina joined the BDU team in October 2018. With over 30 years of experience as an accountant, new to the film industry she has embraced this new challenge with enthusiasm and confidence.
Over the last five years, Josh has worked as an Assistant Editor in the Australian television industry working on shows including: The Voice, Love Island and Andrew Denton's "Interview". He started working on Bollywood Downunder in 2018 as an assistant editor.
With over 24 years’ experience, Casimir Dickson is an award-winning cinematographer based in Sydney,
Australia. Casimir has shot films in Australia, Nepal, Philippines also commercials and documentaries
all over the world.
Casimir's extensive experience shows on set, with his calm, problem solving and hardworking demeanour. Casimir has worked his way up the ranks of the camera department from clapper loader, focus puller to camera operator and the last 12 years as director of photography. Casimir has worked on content pieces for many local and international products, documentaries (BBC, Nat Geo and Discovery channel) and Australian and international films. He brings passion, enthusiasm, creativity and technical experience to every job.
Casimir welcomes all projects both big and small. His creativity and experience in selecting great crew and specialised equipment ensures all projects are a success.
Topping his film class in school, Max is a self-indulged cinephile who has worked at Films and Casting Temple for over 6 months focusing on feature film development. His creative performance in that time has earned him a chance to work on this production, giving him the opportunity to shine and prove his worth as a member of the BDU team.
Mansi has a Masters Degree in Communication and a background in Journalism and Television production studies. She has worked with several News channels in India, and has interned at Production Company in Fox Studios Australia, handling trust promos for the channels.
She has a Bachelors in Advertising and Law. Has experience working in various departments such as marketing, sales, creative and law. Aishani has been working with Film and Casting Temple for over 2 years now and has managed various Indian and Australian Projects.
TJ is an award-winning Australian author, print journalist, and television screenwriter. Considered a crime genre subject-matter expert, TJ is one of Australia's most sought after researchers and technical consultants on scripted dramas.
Armando Cordoba is a Walkley Award Winning investigative journalist based in Melbourne. He has a Master in Journalism from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and journalism from San Diego State University. Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in San Diego, California, he began his investigative journalism work covering drug cartel activity in the Americas for the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Since then, he’s covered conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Mexico and other parts of the Americas as well as Israel and Gaza, writing for USA Today, Wired, Crikey, News Corp and other news outlets.
Posted: 6:00 AM PDT 3/13/2019 by Pip Bulbeck
Anupam Sharma's Temple Films Inks First Look Deal With Forum Films.
The deal will help Forum expand in Australia beyond its existing Bollywood and Punjabi film distribution.
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