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CREATIVE PRODUCER – ANUPAM SHARMA
PRODUCTION COMPANY – MINT FILMS
COMPOSER – JONNY HIGGINS
A cross-cultural comedy, unINDIAN is the first production of the Australia India Film Fund, and is proudly an Australian film. unINDIAN stars internationally acclaimed actress Tannishtha Chatterjee along with Brett Lee in his first lead role.
Presented by Devendra Gupta, the film was directed by Anupam Sharma, written by Thushy Sathi and produced by Anupam Sharma and Lisa Duff.
Highlighting the complexities of Indian diaspora and wooing another from a different culture, unINDIAN is a comedy with a lot of heart.
unINDIAN will be released in Australia Q3 in 2015.
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Mint Films was established back in 2008. Its primary focus has always been to create engaging and contemporary work no matter the project or client. Mainly turning its attention to advertising, Mint Films has completed work for companies like Woolworths, CommBank and Toyota. Their work has taken them across Australia and around the world, and they are proud to have many return clients who are thirsty for more cutting edge, creative work. No matter the job or the story, Mint strives to create passionate and creatively engaging work. At Mint, we believe, the fresher the better.
Australian trained composer Jonny Higgins is recognised as one of South Pacific's most innovative commercial composers. He has received numerous award nominations for his short film scores, and his commercial music has been nominated for a CAANZ Axis Award. Jonny came to the world of commercial music in Sydney via small-time production houses, which eventually led to contracts with significant agencies. He earned recognition in Japan for a Coke campaign, and in the US for Burger King's ‘Satisfries' campaign. He worked on several successful solo projects, including Stereo’dan & 1985, and it was during these years that Jonny mastered the use of combining vintage tape machines with in-the-box technologies. His work has earned him a reputation as one of the fastest turnaround composers, with anything from electronic to traditional orchestral arrangements. Jonny lives between Sydney and a New Zealand farm where he does most of his studio work.
Australia’s leading Indian cinema authority and practitioner, Anupam Sharma is a filmmaker, speaker and author. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Films and Theatre, Anupam wrote a thesis on
Indian cinema from UNSW, as well as authored a number of research papers and parts of books.
In 2013, Anupam was appointed head of the recently established Australia India Film Fund and was nominated as one of the 50 most influential professionals in the Australian Film Industry. As
Managing Director of films and casting for TEMPLE, an award-winning production and consultancy firm based out of Fox Studios, Sydney, Anupam has led a team of film professionals working on more than 214 projects between India and Australia, which include feature films, television serials, music videos, television commercials, as well as film festivals. Most recently Anupam completed directing the highly successful series of television commercials Jhappi Time for Destination NSW. With a roll out throughout 2014, the commercials comprise one of the largest investments the state has made in India.
In 2011, Anupam teamed up with film veteran Peter Castaldi and launched the Australian Film Initiative to market and promote Australian screen culture in non-traditional markets, resulting in
India’s first annual Australian Film Festival with support from Hugh Jackman in 2011, a Baz Luhrmann retrospective in 2012-2013, and a Phillip Noyce retrospective in 2014-2015.
With development investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW, Anupam is currently developing a slate of high profile Indian Australian film projects with major Australian film makers including Bill Bennett and John Winter.
His other credits include directing the commissioned short documentary Indian Aussies –Terms & Conditions Apply, the music video Made In Australia, as well as a number of major Bollywood films shot in Australia. Anupam has advised many government and private bodies in relation to Indian films, including Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Channel Seven, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Australia) and World Movies, among others.
In 2012, he was the chief judge and advisor to the first India-centric Australian reality television show on SBS ‐ Bollywood Star. With a high social media following, Anupam is a respected commentator and frequent speaker at various conferences and on television programs including on the ABC, Nine Network and SBS TV, and at SPAA, Art Gallery of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum. Anupam Sharma was honoured to be an Australia Day Ambassador in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was one of the thirteen young professionals shortlisted in the prestigious ‘Face to Watch’ series by The (Sydney) Magazine.