Interview with Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal

January 10, 2012 in Whistling Woods

Lakshmi Pratury of INKtalks and Meghna Ghai Puri of Whistling Woods International present an interview with Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal, followed by a screening of their film, The Tempest.


An evening of conversation and screening of the movie with the creators of "The Tempest"

Mumbai, 10.1.2012:

Whistling Woods has been on a spree with the who's who visiting the Institute. Yesterday the auditorium at the institute's campus in Filmcity, Mumbai, sparked with legends like Julie Taymor (Academy award nominated Director for Frida) and Elliot Goldenthal (Academy award winning music composer for Frida) who also created another intense film 'The Tempest'. The event was presented by INK and Co-hosted by Meghna Ghai PuriPresidentWWI. Also present on this auspicious occasion was the known Filmmaker Raju Hirani, the Music Director Shantanu Moitra, Filmmaker Shama Zaidi and many others from the Indian Film industry who added to the prestige of the event.

The stage was lightened by Lakshmi Pratury who was the lady behind a spectacular evening. Lakshmi had an interactive session with the guests on 'Power of Journey' where they discussed the detailing, struggle and thinking that goes into making a film especially if its cross cultural. The auditorium was filled with great minds expressing their views during an interactive session that took place between the esteemed guests, students and others present.

Subhash Ghai, Chairman, WWI, presents the guests with souvenirs to start the session.

The session started with a discussion on the making and success of the Film 'Frida'. Julie Taymor commented, "I have travelled a lot to understand different cultures. We can be imposed with all kinds of technologies but it has to mix with personal essence to come out completely." She added, "Lots of things that I do are what I want to do! Because I love them!"

INK curator Lakshmi Pratury interviews Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal in front of students at Whistling Woods. 

Talking about the making of 'The Tempest', which is a film based on a Shakespearean play, Julie said, "Theatre is a poetic medium. This film is a magical play and landscape is very critical in films like these. I am inspired by Shakespeare a lot."Eyes were glued to the screen while "The Tempest" was rolling which spread plenty of creative leg-room to invoke energy, pleasure and emotional response from as large an audience.

Present were also filmmakers Raju Hirani (above) and Shama Zaidi and music director Shantanu Moitra.

Overall, the event was very prolific. Julie Taymor was quite pleased with the interaction and commented, "The interaction was very good and the questions were very apt." Elliot Goldenthal added, "The session was wonderful. It was inspirational to have this session at a film school in an amazing city in your beautiful country."Article by Whistling Woods International