Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Dean-Charles Chapman, Nell Williams, Rob Brydon, Hayley Atwell, Aaron Phagura, Meera Ganatra. Inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and based on a true story, this jukebox musical is one of the best feel good crowd pleasing coming of age stories to hit the screen this year. The film is from Gurinder Chadha, and it shares a few thematic similarities with her breakthrough film Bend It Like Beckham, which told the story of an Indian girl in England who defied her family’s Continue reading


By GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Om Puri, Simon Williams, Lucy Fleming. India, 1947. Financially weakened by the cost of fighting WWII, the British government is planning to pull out of India, leaving the country to become an independent nation. Sent to oversee the transition from a colony of the fading British Empire to independence is Earl Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, from tv series Downton Abbey, etc), the great grandson of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

VICEROY’S HOUSE – interview with Gurinder Chadha

by GREG KING Gurinder Chadha is best known for her film Bend It Like Beckham. She was in Australia to promote her latest film Viceroy’s House, a sweeping historical epic set against the turbulent backdrop of India in 1947, when the British Empire was leaving. Greg spoke to Gurinder about her personal connection to the events depicted in the film, casting, and the challenges in making such an ambitious period drama.   Continue reading