Poster of 'Thariode'
Kozhikode: Malayalam documentary film 'Thariode' directed by Nirmal Baby Varghese has got official selection to the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival held in New York, United States.
This documentary film based on the Wayanad gold rush, tells the history of gold mining in Thariode, one of the oldest cities of Malabar region, British India. Film also charts the history of other gold mines of Malabar in the 19th century.
Film was already selected to Košice International Monthly Film Festival 2020 (Slovak Republic), Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2021 (England), Reels International Film Festival (Maharashtra) and Standalone Film Festival and Awards (Los Angeles). It was also one of the finalists in best trailer category at the Košice International Monthly Film Festival and won the best director award in the documentary short category at 7th Art Independent International Film Festival 2021, Thiruvananthapuram.
The film is produced by Baby Chaithanya under the banner of Casablanca Film Factory. Mathew M Thomas and Fr. Biju Mavara are the executive producers. Director of photography: Midhun Eravil, Nirmal Baby Varghese. Second unit director of photography: Aswin Sreenivasan, Shalvin K Paul, Shobin Francis. Production designer: Sanitha A T. Editing: Nirmal Baby. Final mixing: Rajeev Viswambharan. Associate directors: V Nishad, Arun Kumar Panayal, Saran Kumar Bare. Voice over: Aliyar. Translation and subtitles: Nandalal R. Censor script: C S Ajith.
Nirmal is a native of Kavummannam in Wayanad and his upcoming movie is 'Vazhiye', the first found-footage movie in Malayalam with Hollywood music director Evan Evans. He has already announced a fictionalization of Thariode, starring Australian-British actor Bill Hutchens. Cinematic remake is titled as "Thariode: The Lost City", starring Luing Andrews, Alexx O'Nell, Courtney Sanello, Amelie Leroy and Brendan Byrne and legendary actor Roger Ward in supporting roles.