ACTIVITIES - Print and electronic media and film

Grant funding - Australian studies - Commerce - Education - Indian studies - Institutional and professional links - International relations - Performing and visual arts - Print and electronic media and film - Public awareness - Science and technology - Sport

The objectives of the Council's print and electronic media and film program are to increase understanding of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, through radio, television and film.

The Council provided funding for a visit to India in March and April 1998 by broadcaster Phillip Adams and a production team comprising Ms Annabel Quince and Ms Donna McLachlan to enable research for, and broadcast of, a series of 'Late Night Live' ABC Radio National programs focusing on Indian economic, political, historical and cultural issues.The team visited Mumbai, New Delhi, Varanasi and Calcutta, conducting interviews with a wide range of eminent or particularly interesting people in each location.During the New Delhi visit, the team broadcast to Australia via the BBC studios.

The 'Late Night Live' team conducted interviews with the President of India, Mr KR Narayanan, West Bengal Premier Mr Jyoti Basu, and a wide range of political, religious, cultural, commercial, community and news media figures.Some interviews were broadcast during or shortly after the visit, while others were planned for broadcast later in 1998.The 'Late Night Live' team also plans to produce a book based on the visit.

The usefulness of the wide range of Indian contacts built up during the visit was demonstrated when, shortly after their return to Australia, the 'Late Night Live' team was able to set up a detailed and informed discussion with two experts in response to the Indian nuclear tests in May 1998.

Following on from a Council-supported Australia-India film industry promotion conducted by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune during late 1996 as part of the Australia India - New Horizons promotion, the Council agreed to provide funding for Ms Safina Uberoi and Ms Penny McDonald to develop a production strategy for a range of Australia-India film and television media projects aimed at encouraging collaboration between the film industries of both countries.

With a view to promoting greater awareness in both India and Australia of each country's film culture and industry, the Council commenced discussions with relevant film bodies in both countries on a proposal for reciprocal film festivals during 1999 and 2000.

'The Temple on the Hill' television documentary on the Sikh Indian community in Woolgoolga, New South Wales, for which the Council had contributed to production costs, was broadcast on SBS television during January 1998.The Council also provided funding assistance for Ms Kay Rasool, producer of 'the Temple on the Hill', to accompany the film to the Mumbai Documentary and Short Film Festival in March 1998 and to screenings in New Delhi under the auspices of the Australian High Commission.Audiences in both cities entered into lively discussion of the film's themes of the cultural implications of migration.

The Council agreed to provide funding to the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Sydney towards the costs of participation by leading Indian film theorist Mr Ashish Rajadhyaksha in a three-day conference on film theory to be held in Sydney during November 1998.

The Council agreed in principle to support a meeting of senior Australian and Indian economic journalists, to be held in Sydney during 1999.


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