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Gladiators on Wheels

PERSONAL

"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.

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.

Credits


Direction, Cinematography, Edit
Featuring



Voices


Translation
Original Music
Production Company

Souvid Datta
Rijwaan Bhai
Leela
Amir
Shanawaz Ali
Sandeep Salwan
Akanksha Mishra
Vohi Manshu
Sangeeta Datta
Soumik Datta
SDFilms LLP

AWARDS


Directors UK - Film The House 2020
Cannes Short Film Festival - 2019
Nowness - 2019
IMDb Awards (Film Bath) - 2019
Musicbed Challenge 2019
David Reviews

Best Direction
Best Documentary Short
Top Picks
New Filmmaker of the Year Award
Runner Up
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