The filmmaker Vikram Jayanti discusses his new film, screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Rolf Harris Paints His Dream, his filmmaking, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
The filmmaker Vikram Jayanti joins me now. He’s been responsible for a number of well-known documentary films. One of his most recent, Rolf Harris Paints His Dream has screened here at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It’s a fascinating, lively, compelling sketch of the Australian born entertainer, Rolf Harris, who is a fixture on British television entertaining as a singer and comedian, as well he’s a noted artist. In this movie, Harris reflects on his life and careers as it were, and paints a number of models depicting scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Harris wrote many songs, including ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,’ as well he is credited with the invention of the wobble board, and the Stylophone. Harris, now 80, is also noted for his playing of the didgeridoo. Vikram Jayanti produced and directed this movie. He also produced The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, Lincoln, When We Were Kings, and one of my favourite documentaries, The Man Who Bought Mustique, which was about the late Lord Glenconner, the former Colin Tennant. I’m very pleased to welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Vikram Jayanti; Good morning, Mr. Jayanti.