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Chai, The Film That Never Got Made

Two amateur filmmakers and die-hard creatives from opposite sides of the world that both take inspiration from cultures unlike their own came together in 2019 to chase a story through the sandy streets of India. The pair met in Hampi in 2018 and found themselves returning a year later, together, with their sights set on producing a film. Their visions were to produce a film about a set of young individuals that sell Chai to tourists high up on the rocky backdrop of Hampi. However, they found themselves there in low season, with no Chai boys around, no tourists in sight and the once-bustling and hectic streets absolutely silent.

'Chai, The Film That Never Got Made' (Short Film), is a story about persistence, adaptation, and beauty. It shows that sometimes the things that don’t go to plan, don’t for a reason - to open the mind to bigger, more awakening, more inspirational moments.

  • Harry Seagar
  • Louis Lander Deacon
  • Harry Seagar
  • Louis Lander Deacon
  • Louis Lander Deacon
    Director of Photography
  • Louis Lander Deacon
  • Harry Seagar
  • Vijay Kannan
  • Ed Hone
  • Bensound
  • Kevin MacLeod
  • Harry Seagar
    Key Cast
  • Louis Lander Deacon
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Coming Of Age, India, Travel, Drama, Pursuit Of Beauty
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 5D MK4, 1080p 50fps
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Director Biography - Harry Seagar, Louis Lander Deacon

Harry Seagar (NZ) is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental and social change through his entrepreneurial production skills. Using his experience within the creative sector to provoke thought and change into the minds of many.

Louis Lander Deacon (London) is an accomplished photographer and creative that has worked with the likes of Sony, Univeral and Interscope records. With an aim to carve out his own path within the film world to tell stories that may never have been told otherwise.

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Director Statement

As of the end of January 2020, the Supreme court of India ruled all the businesses of Hampi Island (where this film was based) to move out and that their homes will be destroyed to clear land for luxury accommodation. This decision was largely influenced by UNESCO (UN World Heritage Organisation) and powerful lobbying hotel business people. We (the Directors) are disgusted by the decisions of these detached stakeholders and take painful pride in the fact that this film will likely be the last ever shot on the famous island as it was. The Goan Corner (the Backpackers that Jack who you'll meet in the film and his family own) were amongst the last people holding out against the evictions and standing up for the once-thriving community of businesses that called Hampi Island home. Families that had lived in the area for generations are now forced to find new homes and a once lively and vibrant bazaar has now bulldozed down to dust. We are so thankful for the two trips we had to this special place in 18' and 19' and hope this film helps others consolidate the loss of a place so iconic, a travellers dream on Earth, a climbers playground and spiritual hotspot.