It has almost been a year of no news regarding the once-much-talked-about Brett Lee debut film but looks like all that is about to change in the coming months. Director Anupam Sharma’s cross cultural Australian comedy unINDIAN, featuring cricket star, Brett Lee and internationally acclaimed Indian actress, TannishthaChatterjee, will be screened in the Antipodes Festival at Cannes during Cannes Films Festival this May 2016,then in October 2016 during St Tropez Film Festival. The film was produced with financial assistance from Screen Australia and Screen NSW and major investment from Australia India Film Fund.
If you are wondering when it will come around to India, well unINDIAN is set to talk the film festival route down to india, meaning it will take a while. It opened at Montreal and has already been screened at a number of film festivals throughout Europe and America. The film opened across 70 screens in Austria, with MADMAN picking up ancilliary sales in Australia.
The producers will be selling the film to various territories, particularly India, through their global sales agents, Yellow Affair at Cannes. Speaking from Cannes, Miira Paasillinna and Chris Howard from Yellow Affair said “We are delighted to be selling this warm and funny Australian film. There have been many queries from India because of the Bollywood cast in the film and also the popularity of Brett Lee and of cricket there. We believe the film deserves an audience as it portrays a positive message about cultural differences and tolerance.”
Bernard Bories from Antipodes said “In this times of violence, it is wonderful to highlight great comedies that praise the cross cultural links of our society, as it brings to the audience laughs, emotions and faith in humanity. Through this beautiful, entertaining, coloured, fresh, dynamic and optimistic movie, Anupam Sharma brings hope and love into the world, our world, which needs it. I am very happy to be able to share this great comedy with the French audience.”
The film talks about the complexities of wooing someone from a different cultural background. Not a very novel concept but a sure winner, we say!