was a great honour for we Indians in Australia, when one of our fellow country
men's work was short listed in an internationally renowned short film festival
- TROPFEST - recently held in Sydney. The most amazing fact is that the film
was compiled by a hobby film-maker who has not done any formal training in
film making but is working full time as a system consultant with Compaq,
Sudarshan Narayana (alias Suda Navada)- a multifaceted
person with a plethora of talent has recently made up to the international
level of short film making. Suda has always been passionate about short films
and has explored his talent to the extent that the gurus of film-making took
notice & recognised his work. Suda has proved the old saying 'where there
is a will there is a way.
Born & brought up in Bangalore, Suda had never done any
formal training in filmmaking as mentioned above. The only other influencing
factor apart from his own passion has been his maternal uncle, who is a known
cinematographer in the Indian film industry - S. Ramachandra - who did the
cinematography for a very well known TV serial, Malgudi days and many others.
With this kind of passion and professionalism, it is not far when the world
will come to know of another great Indian name in film making. Lets find out
more about Suda in his own words...(If you would like to contact Suda, please
send him an email
Q: Please tell us about yourself -
where in India you came from? Tell us about your schooling & higher
education. Any professional achievements in India or anywhere else prior to
Suda: I come from Bangalore in South India,
capital of Karnataka, the state of the kannada speaking people. Studied upto
Pre-University at National College, Bangalore and took to vocational training
in MICO, Bangalore rather than university education. Worked as an Electrical
Technician until 1990 and since been working in the IT Industry starting as a
computer operator and currently as a System management Consultant with Compaq.
No formal training in Film making, but interesting in the craft for a long
time. Hence, currently could call myself a hobby filmmaker! Acted in a couple
of films as a child artiste, then made a short film "Help!" at 15 in
1979 for a short film festival in Bangalore.I have been active in theatre
acting, directing and writing/translating plays. Reading and writing poetry is
one of my passionate activities. I was actively involved in the amateur
theatre movement in Bangalore, India between 1979 and 1992 and gained
experience in various aspects of theatre including sound, acting, set design,
music and direction. Started and ran "Monday Theatre", an intimate
theatre event featuring short experimental plays for new and upcoming theatre
enthusiasts (1987-88, Bangalore, India). Started a Kannada theatre group
"Anivaasi" in Sydney in April 2000. Designed and directed "Bekku-Baavi",
for the group in 2000 and "Jugarikoota" in 2001 (an adaptation of
the Russian play "The Gamblers" by Nikolai Gogol). Published
two plays ("Leela-Jaala", "Jugarikoota") and
"Chowki", a poetry collection in 2001. Produced and directed "Janapada
Loka - a world of folklore", a 22 min documentary featuring an open-air
folk museum in 2001. I am keen to produce documentaries and feature films in
future and pursue a professional career in film industry.
Q: When did first arrive here in
Australia? How did you start your careerand what difficulties did you find in
this industry here?
Suda: I came to Australia in 1992 and have continued to
work in IT Industry since. With next to no contacts in the film industry, it
is quite hard to put together a project. (which I am working on now)
Q: Tell us about your film -
"Clouds weep on the greenness" - that has brought you fame through
Tropfest. What inspired you to make this film.
Suda:It is a short film, just under 7 mins about an old
asylum seeker who drowned and died while making to Australia. The story is
narrated by her granddaughter living in Australia. The event is real and
occured couple of days before the federal elections in Nov 2001. But the
narration and the character is fiction. The day I heard the news about two
women asylum seeker's death and that one of them was 70 years old, there was
lot of anti-refugee rhetoric on media and in people's minds. I had to react to
all that. I first wrote a poem and then visualised it into this short film.
Q: What are your aspirations and
Suda: I have a few scripts in mind for short features
and documentaries. Working on one of them right now.
Q: How did you become a film maker.
Was it always a dream or the circumstances lead you to this destination?
Suda: I was always interested in film making. Just now,
the opportunity to post-produce your film on a home computer has given me a
big boost to realise my dreams. This of course is a good starting point to
establish and prove your skills. Becoming a finalist in Tropfest has further
strengthened my confidence in the craft of film-making.
Q: Suda, would you like to give any
message to the upcoming young breed of film-makers?
Suda:The only message is to draw the attention to the
fact that the technology to make a short film is much more accessable now than
it was a few years ago. What it means is, anyone with a compelling idea can
make a short film. Of course, having an idea to share is paramount. To be
passionate about our ideas and endeavour to realise it is all we need.