One Less God (128mins)
Spear Fisherman (6mins)
Saturday 27th October
Inspired by true events, and told from the perspectives of both hostages and terrorists over the course of the devastating three-day siege in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, One Less God is the award-winning debut feature by writer, director, producer Lliam Worthington.
With authorities overwhelmed, for almost 72 hours Indians and travellers from across the world were swept up into a desperate bid for survival – as the indoctrinated terrorists, coke-addled, fueled by vengeance, and driven on by their ruthless handler would seek to “inflict as much damage as possible” and strike a blow to the heart of all Indians.
On the 26 November 2008 their worlds would collide when ten young members of Lashkar-eTaiba (the “Army of the Righteous”), landed on the coast of Mumbai armed with AK-47s and grenades – their primary target: the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
One Less God is more than a story of terrorism or of monsters and men, it is an unflinching descent into the psyches of the terrorists behind the infamous 26/11 attacks, and an appeal to our shared humanity at the dark crossroads to which we have now stumbled.
Q&A session with filmmakers and lead talent
Lost at sea – Spear Fisherman (6 mins)
On the 2nd of May 2018, two experienced spear fishermen went diving off Nine Mile Reef, Tweed Heads. When they surfaced, their boat was nowhere in sight.
Stranded in the middle of the ocean, unexpected encounters threaten their chance of survival, completely at the mercy of nature.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is their only chance to make it back to shore.
On December 15, 2014, Australia came to a halt as it helplessly witnessed the Lindt Cafe attacks occur. From this incident, two major reactions occurred; one of unity and solidarity, and the other, of further concession to more hate and more bigotry.
Found is an experiential film capturing an incident faced by a young, Australian woman in the heart of Melbourne as the Sydney Siege hostage crises unfold.
A short music documentary exploring James Wiechman’s musical journey after finally embracing his passion of becoming a singer/songwriter at the age of sixty. “JamieJimJames” takes you behind his process to find out why he makes his music, highlighting the collaboration he shares with his partner Tracey-Ann Palmer, producer Michael McGlynn and audio engineer Daniel Romeo.
Q & A – Following the film with:
Lliam Worthington – Writer, Producer, Director
Lliam is the lead writer, director and producer at New Realms Films and the artist in residence at RYSS Youth Arts Central Coast 2017. Lliam’s career began with the study of acting and directing at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in 1992, then continued at the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney Nepean. Lliam went on to work as an actor and circus performer, receiving parts in TV drama, film and theatre, before co- founding and becoming the director of his own theatre company. In 2003, on the back of his award winning short film Shayalor, Lliam co-founded the film production company New Realms Films. Over the next twelve years, Lliam has worked as a producer, director, writer, editor and director of photography, honing his skills on short films, music videos, POCs, circus and theatre, while writing and co-developing a slate of feature film scripts and properties for New Realms Films.
Divya Salaskar – Daughter of Vijay Salaskar AC – one of the first responders killed in the attacks – a national hero.
An only child, Divya Salaskar was 21 years old when her father, renowned Mumbai Police Senior Inspector Vijay Salaskar, was called out to deal with a report of gang violence taking place at the Cama & Albless Hospital on the night of Wednesday 26 November 2008. They had planned to go for a drive on a rare evening that her father was home early enough to have a family dinner, but he left to fulfil his duty. Salaskar did not believe the reports of gang violence, and was proven correct when his team approached the hospital and were ambushed by terrorists launching a coordinated attack on Mumbai that would soon become known to the world as the infamous Mumbai attacks of 26/11. Salaskar gave his life fighting to successfully protect the lives of those inside the hospital. He died a hero, and was awarded India’s highest military honour – the Ashoka Chakra.
Now 31, Divya Salaskar has done her father very proud. A talented entrepreneur, she received a scholarship and completed a Masters in Human Resources at the University of Westminster in London and went on to hold a senior HR position with Tata Consultancy Services in India. She has since left the major multinational, to establish her own HR consultancy.
She and her mother live in Mumbai.
Igor Kreyman – Actor
Immigrating to Sydney with his family in 1991 and completing a Bachelors Degree of Business at LaTrobe University, Igor Kreyman is an outstanding star on the rise. Following a career in Account services, he quit his job and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his
passion, where he studied acting under John Kirby in Hollywood.
Igor has recently appeared as Selim in Lliam Worthington’s One Less God, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Industrial Award at Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, in addition to
winning the top prize at the Byron Bay Film Festival. With various television credits, Igor has appeared in the mini-series Hendrix and What If, a sketch comedy series exploring several hilarious ‘what if’ scenarios. He will next be seen in the Australian mini-series The Out There in the role of Louis. Igor has also starred in the shorts Run Baby Run and All In the Name, in addition to producing
and starring in shorts Chicken Soup and The One. In addition to his acting career, Igor is the Founder of The Human Connection Movement – a social enterprise bridging new ways to transform society through facilitating transformational experiences that connect humanity.
Kabir Singh – Actor
Coming from a solid background in theatre and performing since the age of four, Kabir is
one of Australia’s rawest talents. Having appeared in countless films, TVCs and off Broadway productions in India, USA and
Australia, Kabir plays the supporting lead role in the upcoming feature film ‘One Less God’ based on the Mumbai bombings and kidnapping of hostages in the Taj Hotel in 2008. The film is releasing October 2018 and Kabir was also shortlisted for best supporting
actor for the AACTA awards 2017. Also a screen writer and aspiring director, Kabir understands the fundamentals behind a
character’s motivations and how this serves as a central component in telling a story well, of which rudimentary traits have become his primary acting tool. Having an acute art of portraying a character with true intensity, his rich, versatile and methodical approach to
breathing life into his characters with such intensity has Kabir reputed as a natural and unique talent.
Kabir is represented by Anthony at Benchmark Creative Management.