ADLFF 2018 Opening Night: Hotel Mumbai 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
Based on true events.
26 November 2008. A wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapult the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists lay siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff become trapped in a heroic, days-long fight for survival.
125 mins + After party
PLEASE NOTE: Gala screening is followed by an after party at Queens Theatre with a complimentary drink on arrival, 9.30PM - late.
Director Anthony Maras | Producer Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas | Screenwriter John Collee & Anthony Maras | Cast Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey with Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs
One of Australia’s most highly awarded directors of short film, Anthony has carved a reputation for tackling ambitious, large-scale projects shot on location in difficult circumstances.
Anthony’s short film The Palace, which he directed, wrote and co-produced, was set during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and shot on the UN Green Line in Nicosia.
The Palace had its international premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and won awards at over 20 festivals internationally. The film was one of six selected by the Cesar Awards/French Film Academy to screen at the Golden Nights of Short Film at the UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris.
The Palace also won Best Short Film and Best Short Screenplay at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTAs). This marks Anthony’s third AACTA Award, having also won Best Short Film for his police drama Spike Up. Anthony was also nominated for the same award for his first film Azadi, which explored the plight of Afghan refugees in Australian detention centres.
Anthony’s work has premiered or won awards at film festivals the world over, including: Telluride FF, Rotterdam IFF, Palm Springs IFSF, Santa Barbara IFF, Austin FF, Valladolid FF, Hamptons FF, Flickerfest SFF, Adelaide FF, Melbourne FF, Sydney FF, Beverly Hills FF, Bilbao ISFF, Sao Paulo IFF, Los Angeles ISFF, Interfilm Berlin ISFF, Rome IFF, Fort Lauderdale IFF, Athens IFF, Vermont IFF, Bermuda IFF, Drama IFF, Tiburon IFF, Berkshire IFF, Festival du Film Court de Mont-Tremblant, Australian FF, St Kilda FF, IF Awards, ADG Awards and AWG Awards.
Anthony helped develop the Russell Crowe directed feature film, The Water Diviner, and previously served as an Associate Producer on the 2009 feature film, Last Ride starring Hugo Weaving and Tom Russell.
Co-written with John Collee, Hotel Mumbai is Anthony’s directorial feature film debut.