Yes, it is an honour and privilege to be showcasing renowned Canadian filmmaker Deepah Mehta’s ambitious achievement on our opening night. Working closely with author Salman Rushdie to adapt an epic Booker Prize novel about the Indian partition of 1947, Mehta has done the impossible. She has captured the colour and spirit of Rushdie’s remarkable work, at once refining the complexly layered narrative structure into an accessible plot and transmuting the words of the novel into a glorious visual spectacle. Who else could pull this off? Who else would dare to? With a track record of fearlessly realized features behind her, Mehta stepped up to the challenge. Those who know the novel will recognize the parallel plot tracks of two boys born and switched at the same major historical moment. One is privileged while the other is poor but the world they grow into is radically different from the one that came before. The British are gone, leaving instability and uncertainty in their wake. Rushdie himself does the voice over, guiding us through the labyrinthine channels of modern Indian history. With over 800 extras, a multitude of venues, scenes, and characters, Midnight’s Children is a remarkable accomplishment.
Opening Night screening, October 16th, Arts and Culture Centre, 7:30 p.m.
Writer: Salman Rushdie
Director: Deepa Mehta
Producer: David Hamilton