The IS Times News Desk
Sydney, 19 October, 2018
Based on true events, “One Less God” is a true independent film by writer/director/producer Lliam Worthington, that was named Best Film at the 2017 Byron Bay Film Festival and received both the Grand Jury Prize – Best Feature and the Industry Choice Award at Los Angeles’ 2017 Dances with Films Festival – the only feature in the twenty-year history of the festival to receive both honours.
The IST had the opportunity to talk to Lliam Worthington, Writer, Producer and Director of the film, over phone.
The IST: It’s well documented incident in history, what aspect from the incident inspired you to make a film on the event and how easy or difficult was it to reconstruct the events?
Lliam: Yes, it is well documented. I wrote the story after visiting Mumbai a few times and meeting the affected people. “We spent years researching and writing, and once we became immersed in the events and the geo-politics, we knew we needed to get beyond the timeline of events that were filling the news cycles. We wanted to get to the heart of the tragedy, and also beyond it – to the people on both ends of the guns.” Large portions of the film’s dialogue was directly inspired by the leaked transcripts of the 2008 siege. Worthington says: “I wanted to craft a story that walks the line between the minefields of demonisation and apologetics, and offer a genuine movement towards greater humanism and compassion. That’s a very difficult path to find, but with all that is taking place in the world, it’s vital that we find ways to help immunise our societies from those who seek to pull us towards either extreme. I think it’s always been one of the duties of the arts, to help us find the road less traveled in our conversations, and I believe that’s what we’ve done. With 166 people killed and over 600 injured and several thousand affected and holed up in hotels and different streets of Mumbai, it was not easy to locate everyone and may be not all were ready to come on the big screen. It was the human angle that really inspired us.”
The IST: As the plot was hatched in Pakistan, did you shoot portions of the film in Pakistan?
Lliam: No, we didn’t want to get into politics though we new that Lashkar had trained the teenagers and after three-four years they came to Mumbai and carried out the shootings. “We have shown the commandos and Police fighting them but weaved a story without depicting Pakistan.”
The IST: How easy or difficult was it to make film in India as compared to US?
Lliam: In the US, we tell the story the budget is announced and we start shooting but in Australia there’s interference by bureaucracy. In India, we didn’t face any such problem.