Producer & Director
As well as being an award winning filmmaker, Danny used to be an academic, and in 2006 an Indian student who knew he was Jewish brought him an article from the Indian press about the death of Nadira, a Jew who was a great actress in Indian cinema. He was intrigued, he knew there were Indian Jews but had no idea there was such a prominent Jewish film star. So, he took himself off to India to explore if there was enough material to make a film about Nadira, but quickly discovered she wasn’t the only Jewish star in Bollywood, but one of many Indian Jewish cinema greats! Thus, the making of SHALOM BOLLYWOOD began.
Danny’s film company Identity Films has made critically acclaimed documentaries covering a range of Jewish & cultural subjects. His most recent film is the feature length documentary MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN for BBC Storyville which will be released in late 2017. Strictly Jewish: Inside the Secret World of Adass Israel (2016) was the top rating episode in SBS’s “Untold Australia” series. In 2014 Danny won Australia’s top documentary prize, The Walkley Award, for Code of Silence which lifted the lid on child sex abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. As well as Jewish subjects Danny loves stories about music and culture, seen in his feature length documentary Carnaby Street Undressed (2011) which was reviewed as “Pick of the Week” in ‘The Sunday Times’ and got four stars in London’s ‘Time Out’. In addition to traditional documentary storytelling, Danny is currently making his first virtual reality film.
As a vegetarian, Danny nominates India as his favourite never go hungry film shoot location.
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Bill Murphy ASE
Bill Murphy’s editing work encompasses award winning films across many genres. His credits include the Oscar winning animation HARVIE KRUMPET, the Emmy Award winning feature documentary EXILE IN SAREJEVO, the A.F.I Award winning television documentary WILDNESS, the multi award winning drama STRANDED, and the feature films ROMPER STOMPER starring Russell Crowe, AMY starring Rachel Griffiths, TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham-Carter, HALF LIGHT starring Demi Moore, and the highly acclaimed LAKE MUNGO. In 2000 Bill edited an innovative, two hour film, EL NINO which accompanied the John Adams oratorio El Nino, directed by Peter Sellars, which premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris in December of that year.
Other significant documentaries include Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s CHASING BUDDHA, Lawrence Johnston’s NIGHT, Scott Millwood’s WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BRENDA HEAN? the MIFF Grand Prix winner DOUGLAS MAWSON: THE SURVIVOR, and the recently aired Croker Isalnd Exodus. He recently completed editing Adam Elliot’s feature animation MARY AND MAX.
In 2003 Bill was accredited as a member of the Australian Screen Editors, in recognition of his screen editing and his outstanding contribution to Australian screen culture.
Ayesha Dharker’s voice has been a powerful presence in her many film, theatre and TV roles. These include the acclaimed award winning Tamil Indian film The Terrorist, Hollywood blockbusters such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones when she played Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, and popular British TV series such as Doctor Who. Ayesha also starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Ayesha’s voice will now enrich the tale told in SHALOM BOLLYWOOD as she narrates the film in her mellifluous tone.
Indian codirector & Line Producer
Dwit Monani is SHALOM BOLLYWOOD’s man on the ground in Mumbai cutting through everything from the city’s ubiquitous traffic to bureaucracy to make this film happen. After completing a post-graduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Pune in 2005, Dwit has worked in various roles in over 40 TV commercials and documentaries, including TV series for the Discovery Network and BBC World. His experience includes being post-production manager on two seasons of Jhalak Dikhlaja, theIndian version of Dancing with the stars, but he still refuses to dance on camera for SHALOM BOLLYWOOD. Dwit is the director of Mumbai based production company Line of Action Films.
Music Director & Composer
Adam was excited to work with Danny for the first time, but maybe even more excited to get his sitar out of its case. In the initial phases of the collaboration, the creative juices flowed, the music spun forth and the the curry simmered. Adam has a Master of Music (Composition for the Screen) from the Royal College of Music in London, and PhD (Composition) from the University of Melbourne and his experience with world music has proven essential in his work as a film composer: his fifth feature-film length documentary required Indian, Asian and African music as well as rock! As founding member and leader of the original ensemble Frock, he has performed in jazz clubs and at festivals throughout Australia, in Europe and Asia, including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the inaugural Singapore Jazz Festival. Adam toured throughout Israel with his Australian Jewish Music Ensemble, and he has also toured Germany and the UK with his original, Europe-based project, Ashes Quartet. He has also had works performed and recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Adam played guitar and banjo in Victoria State Theatre Productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly and Anything Goes and is wondering if SHALOM BOLLYWOOD will make it on to stage as well. Having spent his honeymoon in India, Adam has been enchanted by the stories and footage from Shalom Bollywood.
Rubber House is an award-winning Australian animation studio run by Gregory Sharp and Ivan Dixon with a unique and wild style. They draw from a broad range of experience to provide hand-drawn animation and art direction for TV, film, interactivity, iPhone and iPad apps, storyboarding, concept art and character development. Most notably, they directed two music videos for ARIA award-winning Australian musician Gotye, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in August 2011. Recently they were winners of the British Council Realise Your Dream award, which will see the duo heading over to UK to promote Australian animation. Next stop: Bollywood.