A documentary film “Thariode” directed by Wayanad based filmmaker Nirmal Baby Varghese has been selected for the official streaming on Lift-Off Sessions festival of the United Kingdom.
The festival is a Global Network that selects the films/Short films all across the world for their competition. The annual Live screening of the winning films will be held at the Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.
This documentary film tells the story of gold mining in Thariode, one of the most ancient cities of Malabar region, a long, narrow coastline on the southwestern shore line of the mainland Indian subcontinent. Film also charts the history of gold mining in Thariode and other areas of Malabar in the 19th century.
The film was an entry at the Košice International Monthly Film Festival in Košice (Slovak Republic) and was a finalist in the best trailer category. The film is produced by Baby Chaithanya under the banner of Casablanca Film Factory. Mathew M Thomas and Fr. Biju Mavara are the executive producers. Director of Photography: Midhun Eravil, Nirmal Baby Varghese. Second unit director of photography: Aswin Sreenivasan, Shalvin K Paul, Shobin Francis. Production designer: Sanitha A T. Editing: Nirmal Baby. Final mixing: Rajeev Viswambharan. Associate directors: V Nishad, Arun Kumar Panayal, Saran Kumar Bare. Voice over: Aliyar. Translation and subtitles: Nandalal R.
Currently, Nirmal is working on the post-production stage of his feature film titled Vazhiye. It is the first found-footage movie in Malayalam. All the actors are debutants and Hollywood music director Evan Evans is the composer for this film.