Film exploring Indian Australian identity – a must see!

New Indian Aussie radio host and commentator Shailja Chandra being interviewed for film.

New Indian Aussie radio host and commentator Shailja Chandra being interviewed for film.

Over the next few months there will be some Indian-Australian visitors who will have the opportunity to see themselves in our exhibition East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia exhibition. No, we haven’t commissioned portraits – they are participants in a short film called Indian Aussies: Terms and Conditions Apply commissioned by the museum especially for our exhibition. The film has been produced and directed by Anupam Sharma of Film and Casting Temple, you might remember him as a judge on the SBS reality TV show Bollywood Star.

Director Anupam Sharma and Director of Photography Caz Dickson at Milsons Point, filming first Indian female train driver

Director Anupam Sharma and Director of Photography Caz Dickson at Milsons Point, filming first Indian female train driver

First Indian Aussie Train Driver being interviewed by Director of Photography Caz and Director Anupam.

First Indian aussie train driver being interviewed by Director of Photography Caz and Director Anupam.

We were keen to include a component in the exhibition that explored Australian and Indian connections today. We have always explored the history of immigration at the museum, but this film is something different, it includes a diverse range of interviewees reflecting on their experiences in Australia and their cultural identity. Anupam and his team visited Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney where interviews took place in suburban homes, workplaces, city streets, on the harbour and even in the editing suite.

Indian Aussie Cruise Owner Sudhir Warrior with Japanese Aussie Indian family talking to film crew.

Indian Aussie cruise owner Sudhir Warrior with Japanese Aussie Indian family talking to film crew.

My colleague, Niki and I had the chance to spend a few hours with the team at Film and Casting Temple and loved seeing the raw footage of the interviews – before the difficult editing process took place. The film combines serious issues, cheeky humour and a fresh approach to Indian Australian connections.

80 year old Indian Aussie being filmed for the film.

80 year old Indian Aussie being filmed for the film.

East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia opens on 1 June. Perhaps visit the Sydney Film Festival and then pop into the museum. In the meantime I hope you enjoy some photos shot on location to whet your filmic appetite.

Michelle Linder
Curator

3 thoughts on “Film exploring Indian Australian identity – a must see!

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  2. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for this post. Don’t suppose the film is available online for those of us who live outside Australia?

    Best Wishes,
    Usha

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