Wednesday, October 16, 2013

15th Mumbai International Film Festival


Waris Hussein
In conversation with film critic Joan Dupont


An Actor’s Director
Crossing Frontiers

Metro Big Cinemas
Wednesday October 23, Screen 2
1.45 pm to 3 pm







Waris Hussein
is the first Indian director to have gone abroad and made a name for himself  in a country marked by a  flourishing film industry (in his case the UK followed by the US).  In a remarkable career  spanning 50 years, Waris has worked in British television and film as well as theatre, directing some of the world’s most legendary actors.  He himself is an occasional actor. Currently, Waris is being feted in the UK and USA for the 50th anniversary year of the most successful TV sci-fi series of all time, Dr Who, which Hussein, at age 24, initiated as the director of its first ten episodes.    
Waris Hussein was born in Lucknow, India. He attended Cambridge and the prestigious Slade School of Art, where he studied theatre design.  Beginning in television at the age of 21, he moved on to film, directing such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Ian McKellar, Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Waris is the first Indian to have directed a play at the National Theatre in London and the first Indian to have won BAFTA and Emmy awards. While considering himself a British film-maker, Hussein has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in the country of his birth.  In recent years, Waris has taken on the additional task of teaching on film, mainly on the subject of acting, at leading academic platforms.

Joan Dupont has been reporting on the arts since the late 1970’s, with a special emphasis on film.  Over the years she has written consistently for The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times,  and also contributed to Time MagazineFilm Comment, and Le Monde. She has served on several international juries, including the 2000 International Film Festival of India, Delhi (International Jury)  and the 2004 International Film Festival of Kerala (FIPRESCI Jury).  At Cannes this year she covered three Indian  films, Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox for the International New York Times. Ms Dupont, who has covered the Cannes Festival since 1979,  lives between Paris and New York.

PS:  For  Entry please register online at http://register.mumbaifilmfest.org. Entry is permitted only to registered delegates who have a festival badge which entitles them to festival films and most events. Enquiries <uma.dacunha@gmail.com>