In remote rural festivals all around India the 'Well of Death' has been a long-notorious attraction - where for £0.50p per ticket, you can see stunt drivers rocket in circles across 60ft walls, throwing caution to the wind and defying gravity. "Gladiators on Wheels" is an experimental documentary short made over a one day shoot in West Bengal's Poush Mela, where as a I child grew up in awe of these riders. Returning to visit them, I discovered their story for the first time. Interviews were edited and adapted collaboratively with the riders and voiced by local actors.
Featuring Rijwaan Bhai, Leela, Amir, Shanawaz Ali
Voiced by Sandeep Salwan, Akanksha Mishra, Vohi Manshu
Translation by Sangeeta Datta
Original Music by Soumik Datta
An SDFilms production. All rights reserved, 2019.
Best Direction - Directors UK - Film The House 2020
Best Documentary Short - Cannes Short Film Festival - 2019
Nowness Top Picks - 2019
IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year Award - Film Bath - 2019
Documentary Award - Runner Up - Musicbed Challenge 2019
David Reviews *****