The Resource A Calcutta Christmas, (online streaming)

A Calcutta Christmas, (online streaming)

Label
A Calcutta Christmas
Title
A Calcutta Christmas
Contributor
Subject
Summary
"We live the way the British live. Indians live their own way," declares Mrs Olga Walsh of the Tollygunge Home, a refuge for 35 elderly Anglo-Indians hidden away in the middle of noisy, vibrant Calcutta. In stark contrast to the rest of post-colonial India, the residents of Tollygunge cling to the belief that Britain is their true home. Anglo-Indians trace their origins back to the 17th century when the British East Indian Company encouraged marriages between British men and Indian women to further its commercial interests. After India won independence in 1947, two-thirds of the Anglo-Indian community emigrated to other parts of the British Commonwealth, first to Britain and later to Canada and Australia. As Christmas approaches, preparations begin for the annual party. We meet Louis Robertson, once an engineer and now the Home's music man who plays everything from swing to opera on his old cassette player which he claims has "medically cured" many of the residents. Reeves McDermott and Jimmy Carr dance their cares away in the gents' dormitory while a new resident, Hortencia Loxton, waits anxiously for a visit from her son. Gladys Minwalla and her friend Elsie Martin reminisce about a time when "manners and politeness" reigned. And Phyllis Robertson, who despises curry because "it makes your skin dark", fancies a mutton stew. Overseeing the celebrations is the Bengali chairperson of the management committee, the formidable Mrs Nilima Dutta. Although herself a Hindu, she has organised this Christian ritual for the past 28 years, hiring a band to play Christmas carols, bringing out the fine bone china for tea and proudly standing with everyone else to sing God Save the Queen. A Calcutta Christmas is a gentle portrait of life inside the Tollygunge Home. It observes the anger, jealousies and loneliness of this forgotten community, showing how it survives through friendships, love and laughter... and a different sense of belonging. A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in association with SBS Independent. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Sharon Connolly, Megan McMurchy Producer: Denise Haslem Director: Maree Delofski Writer: Maree Delofski DOP/Cinematographer: Himman Dhamija Narrator/Presenter: Rachael Blake
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1998
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
52
Technique
live action
Label
A Calcutta Christmas, (online streaming)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1118172
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1118172
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)921955215
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
A Calcutta Christmas, (online streaming)
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1118172
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1118172
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)921955215
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
Processing Feedback ...