After finishing Masters in Geology, travelled widely in rural India. Studied a short course at the Xavier’s Institute of communications, Bombay, before started working in the Bombay film industry as an assistant director. Worked under many known directors.
Worked extensively in Bombay industry before making the first short film, ‘Tragedy of an India Farmer’ in 1993. This won a National award in India. Made two more shorts, ‘Coronations’ (1995) and ‘A long Journey’ (1996). This was the first Indian short film that was screened at Cannes in the short film competition section.
Moved to London in 1997, set up Flying Elephant Films, a production company, and started making programmes for British Television (mainly about young people across the world).
Made the first Feature film ‘Marana Simhasanam’ ( Throne of Death) in 1999 and this film won Camera D’or at Cannes. Made the second feature ‘Pattiyude Divasam’ (A Dog’s Day) in 2001 and ARIMPARA (a indo Japanese co-production based on OV Vijayayan’s short story by the same name) in 2003. All were shown at the official selection in Cannes. ‘UNNI: Life is all about friends’ ( a co production with France and Switzerland ) is the fourth feature film.
Have been member of the jury for Amnesty International Film Festival,
Cannes Film Festival for the Camera D’Or Section, Kerala State Film Awards, Almaty International Film Festival , Iranian film festival and many more.
Currently making a programme on young carers for bbc/ cbbc
Details of TV production can be found on www.flyingelephant.co.uk
Name: Murali Nair
Lives in: London, England