Multi-award winning Australian thriller One Less God will have its Australian Premiere at Byron Bay International Film Festival on October 7.
The debut feature film by writer/director/producer Lliam Worthington was shot in Nepal, and New South Wales’ Blue Mountains and Central Coast.
“Coming off the back of our successful world premiere at Dances With Films in Los Angeles, it’s wonderful to be premiering at a domestic festival that truly celebrates regional and global independent cinema.” said Worthington.
“The creative community of Byron Bay has always been close to our hearts, and we’re over the moon to be able to bring One Less God to one of the most diverse and passionate festival audiences in the country.” said producer Maren Smith.
Inspired by the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, One Less God follows the harrowing events from the perspectives of both hostages and terrorists over the course of the devastating three-day siege in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel. The film’s dialogue was directly inspired by the leaked transcripts of the 2008 siege, which influenced subsequent multiple target militant attacks on cities including Paris.
“With 166 people killed, over 600 injured and thousands swept up in the events, it was India’s 9/11” said Lliam Worthington.
“We spent years researching and writing, and once we became immersed in the events and the geo-politics, we knew we needed to get beyond the timeline of events that were filling the news cycles. We wanted to get to the heart of the tragedy, and also beyond it, to the people on both ends of the guns.”
Co-producer Nelson Lau said, “Conceived eight years ago and filmed and produced over three years, One Less God is a truly independent feature largely created by sweat equity and grass roots industry support. But more than that” he continued “it is a feature made by people of many different faiths: Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jews, Buddhists and those of no faith as well. I think together we have made a deeply humanist film that shrinks from nothing, which we believe is vital right now in this divisive political climate.”
The celebrated feature received the two top awards at the film’s world premiere in June at Dances With Films Festival at the Los Angeles iconic Chinese Theatres making it the only feature in the twenty year history of the festival to receive both honours.
One Less God was recently picked up by Los Angeles based international sales agent Multivisionnaire and acquired for Australian domestic distribution by Umbrella Entertainment.
Slated for an Australia wide release in November, the film stars a diverse Australian cast bringing to life the hostages, international guests and staff, and the terrorists, including Joseph Mahler Taylor, Mihika Rao, Kabir Singh, SukhRaj Deepak, Kieran Kumar, Nathan Kaye, Martelle Hammer, Reilly O’Byrne-Inglis, Igor Kreyman, Joseph JU Taylor, Quentin Yung, Nicole Fantl, Jan Langford-Penny, Philip RK John, Nicolas François, Kaliopi Eleni and Rhavin Banda, many of whom will make their silver screen debuts.
One Less God will screen at the following locations:
Saturday 7th October, 8pm, Byron Community Centre (Australian Premiere)
Sunday 15th October, 7pm, Brunswick Picture House