Museum calls on Indian Australians to share their stories in a film for major new exhibition
The Australian National Maritime is calling on Indian Australians to share their stories in a short film to be screened in its major new exhibition East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia opening in June. The museum has commissioned Sydney based filmmaker Anupam Sharma of Film & Casting Temple to direct and produce the film.
The film is intended to present the contemporary relationships between India and Australia, with a focus on the personal stories of Australians with Indian heritage.
Exhibition Curator Michelle Linder said, “We are very excited to be working with Anupam Sharma in developing and producing an entertaining and informative short film. The film will play an important role in our forthcoming exhibition and we would encourage members of the Australian Indian community to get involved. The team at Film & Casting Temple will bring their knowledge of Indian culture and links with the Indian community across Australia to the project.”
Anupam Sharma said “To be commissioned to direct such an important film about life today for Indian Australians is both a great honour and a great responsibility. My team and I are excited to be involved in this project, as we demonstrate the multilayered and multi faceted relations between India and Australia”.
East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia tracks Australia’s colonial links with India, the power and monopoly of the English East India Company, and its inevitable decline. It’s a tale of ships and shipwrecks, rice and rum, officers and officials, sailors, soldiers and servants and will run 1 June – 18 August 2013.
Indian Australians from all walks of life are asked to contribute their experiences of life in Australia – both good and bad – to the film. For further information and to register your interest to be interviewed email the Casting Director on [email protected].