New film starring cricket legend Brett Lee premieres in Sydney,
showcases New South Wales
7 October 2015: Cricket superstar and actor, Brett Lee will showcase Sydney and its attractions to Australian and Indian travellers with the release of his new film, unINDIAN, a romantic comedy filmed exclusively in Sydney, premiering in the Harbour City today.
unINDIAN explores the complexities of a relationship between Aussie bloke Will, played by Lee, and beautiful Indian divorcee and single mother Meera, played by Indian actress Tannishtha Chatterjee. Their romance unfolds at locations across Sydney including the iconic Harbour, Coogee, Maroubra, the University of New South Wales, the Entertainment Quarter and the city’s Indian food capital, Harris Park.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said unINDIAN was filmed with support from the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
“Filmed exclusively in Sydney, unINDIAN will showcase Sydney’s stunning harbour, beaches and attractions to audiences across the globe, particularly in India, a key visitor market for NSW. The film also features Destination NSW’s Indian tourism campaign, Jhappi Time, in a unique collaboration that we hope will bring even more visitors to NSW,” Mr Ayres said.
“We filmed unINDIAN exclusively in Sydney in 23 locations, including at my character Will’s warehouse apartment in St Peters, netball courts in Pennant Hills and the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. I really enjoyed filming at the University of New South Wales and the Cochlear headquarters, and of course we did some great shoots on Sydney Harbour. I honestly never tire of seeing the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and foreshore, particularly on a beautiful sunny, typically Sydney day.”
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, said the collaboration with Bollywood Director Anupam Sharma made sense – with Sydney now only the perfect film set, but setting for a romantic holiday.
“In the year ending June 2015 NSW welcomed 103,000 visitors who stayed an average of 38.4 nights and spent $255 million with 50% of visitors staying in NSW for a holiday for a week or more. The showcase of Sydney in unINDIAN will reach more Indian visitors who will see how beautiful the city is and what a great state NSW is to have a holiday. It builds on our current Jhappi Time – the first campaign from an Australian tourism organisation specifically aimed at Indians visiting friends and family.”
The film’s Director, Anupam Sharma, said: “Sydney is a wonderful location and therefore my first and only choice to be the canvas of my first and very unique Australian film, unINDIAN.”
Destination NSW has collated ‘The unINDIAN Guide to Sydney’ for visitors, taking in some of 23 locations featured in the film, which opens in cinemas nationally on 15 October 2015.