LFF premiere of silent era restored classic ‘Shiraz: A Romance of India’
Dragon’s latest project for the British Film Institute (BFI), ‘Shiraz: A Romance of India’ received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the 61st BFI London Film Festival this weekend accompanied by a specially composed live score from the daughter of late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar. This was the first time the film had been screened since it was made in 1928 and had been chosen as the Festival’s Archive Gala film.
Introducing the film, Robin Baker, Head Curator at the BFI National Archive pointed out that only a few Indian silent films had survived which made ‘Shiraz’ important and precious and “it took longer to restore Shiraz than it took to shoot and edit it”. He also praised the work of his team and that of Dragon who undertook thousands of hours of restoration work to bring the film back to life.
Shiraz will now be taken on tour across cities in India as part of the UK/India 2017 Year of Culture.