Hotel Mumbai is an Australian-American thriller based on the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008.
It had a recent world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation, followed by an Australian premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2018 where it won the audience award for best film.
The origins of the film began when Arclight CEO Gary Hamilton saw the Electric Pictures’ 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai . The two companies then entered into an agreement to co-develop and co-produce a feature film inspired by the documentary.
Surviving Mumbai is a prodco between Electric Pictures and Furnace Limited (UK), and attracted critical acclaim when it was broadcast around the world in 2009. In 2010, amongst other awards, it received two Emmy nominations – one for Outstanding Historical Programming and another for Outstanding Research.
Surviving Mumbai provided a great deal of factual background material for Hotel Mumbai. The documentary team put this material together during an intense six-month research period that commenced immediately following the attacks in 2008. This material included detailed logs of email, text and phone communications that were recorded during the attacks at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels. There was also access to extensive Indian intelligence dossiers, including audio recordings of intercepted calls between the terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan.
The documentary production materials included 21 interviews with survivors living in Mumbai, London, Oslo, Istanbul, New York and Sydney, all of which were available to the feature film production. In addition dozens of press clippings and photos, and hundreds of hours of footage from Indian and international broadcasters, news agencies and archive sources were available.
Starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs, we look forward to the Cinema release of Hotel Mumbai in 2019.