‘Shantaram’ to shoot in Victoria

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s 10-part TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram will shoot in Melbourne thanks to grants from the Federal Government and Film Victoria.

Justin Kurzel, who is directing the first two episodes, is holding auditions for the production commissioned by Apple TV, which will shoot in October.

Published in 2003, the novel follows Lindsay, a bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison and flees to India, which mirrors the author’s experience.

Landing in Bombay, he is forced to live in the slums, which shelters him from the authorities. He sets up a free health clinic as a way to contribute to the community, learns about the local culture and customs and becomes fluent in Marathi, the local language.

He also witnesses and battles outbreaks of cholera and firestorms and becomes involved in trading with the lepers.

Joel Edgerton was
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