World Class film maker heading to Wellington for Australia Day awards.

Anupam Sharma
Anupam Sharma

One of Australia’s most influential film professionals is set to make his way to Wellington in January to participate in the town’s annual Australia Day celebrations.

Anupam Sharma has been named the area’s 2016 Australia Day ambassador and with a long list of accomplishments to his name, he is sure to have an interesting story to tell.

Australia Day Committee chair Marcus Hanney said he was looking forward to welcoming Mr Sharma and learning more about his interesting life. “Reading over his biography, it is clear to see Mr Sharma is an expert in the field of Indian cinema,” Mr Hanney said. “His most recent project was producing and directing the movie unINDIAN, starring Brett Lee, which has recently been released to rave reviews, and is one that I am looking forward to watching.”

Not only does Mr Sharma act, direct and produce films, but as the founding managing director of the production and consultancy company Temple, he also leads a team of film professionals who have worked on more than 200 projects between Australia and India, including films, television shows, commercials and music videos.

Described as “Australia’s leading Indian cinema authority and practitioner”, Mr Sharma has also teamed up with the likes of Hugh Jackman and Baz Luhrmann to promote Australian screen culture and is the go to guy when it comes to advising companies about Indian films. “We are fortunate in that our ambassadors always have a great story to tell, however, with such diversity in Mr Sharma’s career, I’m sure what he has to say will be quite compelling,” Mr Hanney said.

With less than two months before the town’s Australia Day celebrations, the committee has been working hard to make sure the significance of the day is recognised, while also providing some fun activities. “We will be kicking off in the morning with our ceremony in the park, which will not only see Mr Sharma welcomed to Wellington, but will also see some of our area’s hardest working residents recognised with Australia Day awards,” Mr Hanney said. “Following that, and for the first time, the pool will be open with a fun-filled Australia Day pool party planned. Children will be given free entry, while adults will be asked to pay $2. “The pool party will see a range of games on offer, which is sure to provide plenty of fun, while also giving people the chance to cool off.” More on Wellington’s Australia Day activities will be revealed in the lead up to the event.