Fleeting Beauty

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fleeting Beauty
The film's poster
Directed by Virginia Pitts
Produced by
  • Sarina Pearson
  • Shuchi Kothari
Written by Shuchi Kothari
Music by Tom Bailey
Cinematography Simon Raby
Edited by Eric de Beus
Distributed by Nomadz Unlimited
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
10 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

Fleeting Beauty is a 2004 Independent short film directed by Virginia Pitts, a lecturer of Waikato University.[1] The film stars Nandita Das and Will Wallace in the lead.[2] The film is about the story of an immigrant Indian woman and her white lover in New Zealand.[2] The film attempts to explore the colonial history of the Indian subcontinent.[3]


The story is about an Indian immigrant woman who explores the history of Indian Subcontinent through spice routes on her white lover’s back. She narrates him the story supported by lots of facts and figures with a blend of colonial history and spices. In due course of time she ends up with a delicate portrait on her lover’s back before it gets brushed-off in a few minutes.



The film was jointly produced by Sarina Pearson and Shuchi Kothari—both are lecturers at the Department of film, Television, and Media Studies, University of Auckland.[2] It was also production debut of the latter.[4] Before producing the film she has written screenplays for films produced in New Zealand, United States of America and India.[4] The film, shot completely in New Zealand was rejected by the Film Commission and Creative New Zealand, the national arts development agency of the New Zealand, as they felt it lacked "New Zealand content".[3]


The film was premiered at various film festivals like the International Film Festival of Kerala, Valladolid International Film Festival, Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal) and New Zealand International Film Festival in 2004.[1][5][6]

The film's screening at the Valladolid International Film Festival helped the producers receive funds from the Film Commission, New Zealand for its post-production work.[1][7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

49th Valladolid International Film festival
  • Golden Spike Award (Non-feature film)[1]
  • Silver Spike Award (Non-feature film)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Waikato University lecturer's film screens internationally". Waikato University. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Her next: a short film". The Hindu. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ben Goldsmith; Geoff Lealand (15 December 2010). Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand. Intellect Books. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-84150-373-8. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Nandi Bhatia (2008). Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement. Pearson Education India. p. 276. ISBN 978-81-317-1416-4. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "In Thiruvananthapuram Today". The Hindu. 14 December 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "My Work Short Films: Fleeting Beauty". Nanditadas.com. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fleeting Beauty for International Film Festivals". Onfilm. 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

External links[edit]