2021, Feature-Length DocumentaryProducer/Director
Nitin Sawhney, Charlotte Fisher
Hostile is Sonita Gale's directorial debut, now in post-production. The award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney has also boarded the project as Executive Producer.
The film was one of 35 projects out of 500 applicants to be seleced to attend the prestigious CPH:Forum in April 2021, and was also selected for the HotDocs Distrubution Rendevous.
Hostile is a feature documentary shining a light on the effects of the hostile environment immigration policies in the UK.
The UK’s relationship with migrants seems to be getting worse, with overseas NHS workers to international students facing discrimination and destitution due to hostile policies.
With Brexit and the points-based system already taking effect, the film asks the question: once the hostile environment has been rolled out to target all migrants in the country, who will it extend to next?
View the latest trailer below
Co-Director and DOP
With producers Sonita Gale, Shelby Stone and Derek Dudley, we are making a feature-length, veriteÌ musical documentary. DHARAVI is a documentary about the burgeoning hip hop movement taking place in and around the bylanes of Mumbai’s largest slum.
The film is being directed by Academy Award-nominated Smriti Mundhra - one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch – and Jerry Henry, recipient of the Director’s Guild of America Student Award and the Gordon Parks Emerging African American Filmmaker Award.
Smriti's last film, A Suitable Girl, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews (she won the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director) and has been developed into a spin off show in production with Netflix. Meanwhile her latest short - St. Louis Superman - won the Best Short award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, was in competition at Tribeca 2019, and was at HotDocs 2019: a terrific run which culminated in an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short. She also created and executive produced Indian Matchmaking, an eight-part Netflix original documentary series currently streaming on the platform.
Smriti has worked in a close creative capacity with her DOP Jerry Henry for the past few years (including St. Louis Superman), and has chosen to co-direct this project with him. Jerry's cinematography projects include work on Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Peabody Award winning American Revolutionary by director Grace Lee, the HBO series The Defiant Ones, and The Rachel Divide, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix. In 2018, Def Jam Recordings hired him to direct and shoot the documentary Stay Dangerous (to coincide with the release of an album by Def Jam Artist YG). More recently his award-winning short documentary I Promise Africa premiered in over 100 film festivals worldwide and won many prestigious awards, among them a Directors Guild of America Student Award
2021, Feature-Length DocumentaryDirector
Sonita Gale, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, Austyn Biggers and Theo London
The Richest Man in the World
Limited SeriesExecutive Producer/ Lead Actor
Sonita Gale, Matthew Lesher
Following on from our successful documentary Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace, we’re delighted to announce David Nasaw's fascinating 2006 biography of the millionaire philanthropist will form the basis of our upcoming drama. Golden Globe-winning actor Brian Cox is in the lead.
You can view the documentary on Amazon Prime here.