Building on a long heritage of celebrated Shakespeare adaptations in India, Microwave International: Shakespeare India is an exciting and inventive initiative.
In its first stages, 16 Asian filmmakers from the UK and India were put into six teams to work on feature film ideas drawing from the work of Shakespeare, with one film eventually greenlit and awarded funding.
The project's £500k budget covers everything from the film's production through to support and development for the filmmakers.
The six projects were:
- Realism, based on Macbeth: UK Writer/Director Ashish Ghadiali and Indian Producer Umesh Pawar
- Julius, based on Julius Caesar: UK Director Nirpal Bhogal, UK writer Mike Powell and Indian Producer Achin Jain
- The Heart of the City, based on The Taming of the Shrew: Indian Director Pratyusha Gupta, UK Writer Sharmila Chauhan, UK Producer Ameenah Ayub and Indian Producer Smriti Jain
- Mathura, based on As You Like It: Indian Writer/Director Rajat Kapoor and UK Producer Uzma Hasan
- The Hungry, based on Titus Andronicus Indian Writer/Director Bornila Chatterjee and Indian Writer/Producer Tanaji Dasgupta with UK Producer Kurban Kassam
- Love and Longing in Rohtak, based on The Merchant of Venice: Indian Writer/Director Vikas Chandra and UK Producer Ajay Rai
The Hungry was the feature film project eventually selected to be greenlit, with plans for a theatrical release as part of Film London's Shakespeare on Screen activities for the Shakespeare400 celebrations. It is currently in development.
The filmmaking teams all went through Film London's famous Microschool training programme, receiving support and mentoring from industry professionals including:
- Andrea Calderwood, producer (The Last King Of Scotland, A Most Wanted Man)
- Tristan Goligher, producer (45 Years, Weekend)
- Nandita Das, director and actress (Firaaq, Traces of Sandalwood)
- Mick Audsley, editor (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twelve Monkeys)
- Rahul Merchant, marketing and distribution (Luminosity Pictures)
The teams were given time to further develop their ideas before making a final pitch to a panel of industry experts.
Find out what our Microwave filmmakers had to say about Shakespeare's enduring impact on Indian cinema.
- Find out more about Microwave
- Find out more about Microwave International
- Find out more about Microschool
- Find out more about Shakespeare on Screen
- Find out more about The Hungry
Microwave International: Shakespeare India is funded by Cinestaan Film Company in India and an EIS from Bob & Co in the UK. Nyman Libson Paul/Goldfinch Entertainment are accountants and finance consultants. Additional funding for training, mentoring and development is supported by the British Council.
Next week sees the latest in our series of Film London Labs, and the first of 2020, once again at We Are Social Studios in Finsbury Square. This time, we explore the creative possibilities of that little thing in your pocket – your mobile phone.