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Partho Sen-Gupta

Senior Lecturer – Directing

Partho Sen-Gupta is a film writer and director. Born in Mumbai, they worked as art director and production designer on feature films, TV series and commercials in India. Partho is a post-graduate in Film Direction from LA FEMIS film school in Paris.

Let the Wind Blow (Hava Aney Dey), their first feature film, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and screened at various international film festivals. It was also screened at the MoMA, NYC and at the Guggenheim, Berlin.

Sunrise, starring Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, Star Trek Discovery), is their second feature film, receiving excellent reviews from critics worldwide. It premiered in competition at the Busan IFF and since screened at Tribeca, Munich, BFI London, Sitges, Sydney, Melbourne among others. It won the Best Film and the Best Cinematography awards at the 2015 Durban Film Festival, the Black Tulip award for Best Film at the Imagine Film festival, and a Jury Mention at the Munich Film Festival. It received a nomination at the Asia-Pacific Screen Academy Awards. Sunrise was released in Germany (Rapid Eye Movies), France (Eurozoom) and the US (Breaking Glass Pictures) and was acquired by Netflix.

Slam, their third feature film (an Australian-French co-production) set in Sydney, had its world premiere in the Official Selection Competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2018. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana) play the main roles. The film had its Australian premiere at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival in the Special Presentations at the State Theatre. It was the opening film at the Darwin Film Festival and screened at Melbourne, Brisbane, and CineFestOz among others. The film released in selected cinemas in Australia to rave reviews and is currently screening on Foxtel Binge and MUBI.

Partho has worked on the MA Screen (Directing) team at AFTRS as an external assessor since 2019. They are in development of their fourth feature film.