Merchant Ivory Heritage Project / Jul 11, 2024

The first screening of SACF’s Merchant Ivory films project was held at the BFI South Bank, NFT1 on Monday 7 August. The project was introduced by Kusum Pant Joshi, Chief Researcher to a packed house. The film was Heat and Dust introduced by film historian Adrian Garvey. 

UK 1983 Director James Ivory. With Julie Charitie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove. 130 min. Digital 4K Restoration.

This sensual and evocative romantic drama charts two interlinked family stories. One, set in British India of the 1920’s, portrays an illicit love affair. The other, set in the 1980s, finds a woman travelling to India in order to uncover the secrets of her family’s past. Adapted by Ruth Praver Jhabvala from her eponymous prize-winning novel, it’s one of the highlights of Merchant Ivory’s body of films. 

In collaboration with SACF’s Heritage Lottery funded Indo-British Film Collaboration Project (Merchant-Ivory (1966-2007).   

Trailer Heat and Dust 

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