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Lies we Tell

Bradford International Film Associates Ltd. just completed Lies We Tell their first feature film written and directed by Mitu Misra, with Gabriel Byrne as the lead and a stellar cast including Harvey Keitel, Jan Uddin, Sibylla Deen, Mark Addy & Gina McKee.

A trusted driver must deal with his dead boss's Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband. I Facebook I ProductionContact for Festivals I Sales I Synopsis I Trailer I Poster

Directed by Mitu Misra
Cinematography by Santosh Sivan ASC ISC
Produced by Andy McDermott, Malcolm Scott and Daniel Gulliver
Executive Producers Mark Platts and Santosh Sivan
Story by Mitu Misra Screenplay by Ewen Glass and Andy McDermott
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Film Editing by Chris Gill ACE
Production Designer Jane Levick
Makeup Designer Penny Smith
Costume Designer Adam Howe


Questions to the Director: Mitu Misra and the cinematographer: Santosh Sivan

Lia Fietz sat down with the makers of Lies we tell for this Q&A


Q.        To Mitu & Santosh – How did you come across each other to work on Lies We Tell.

A.        We spent a long time trying to find a suitable director until Mani Ratnam introduced me to Santosh Sivan, India’s most prominent DOP and an experienced Director.  Santosh read the script and agreed to join us and eventually he insisted that I must direct the film, even though he knew I had never even been on a set before. 


Q.        Santosh: As veteran filmmaker, tell us about the most difficult scene to shoot and why.

A.        The wedding sequence, it involved hundreds of extras in costume, cars worth millions of pounds, a marching band, horses, dancers, drones, cranes, traffic & unfavourable light.


Q.        Mitu: You also wrote the story, what was the biggest challenge in directing the film? 

A.        Everything was new to me – so dealing with the actors and coming to terms with everything that happens on a film set presented its own challenges.


Q.        How did you find the stars Sibylla Deen and Jan Uddin?

A.        It was difficult.  We knew exactly what we were looking for and searched beyond the usual avenues.   It took hundreds and hundreds of taped auditions before finding Sibylla and Jan.


Q.        You also have internationally well-known actors, such as Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel. How did you get them involved?

A.        Gabriel and Harvey both loved the script as well as the passion and drive behind the project.


Q.        Mitu: The film deals with a lot of socio-cultural issues, such as migrants growing up in England, forced marriage, male dominating society, very present topics at these times. Was it your goal to have a political subject in the film?

A.        The goal was to tell a story and we were conscious, even at the script stage, to avoid being ‘preachy’.  Conversely, we didn’t sugar coated anything to make it more palatable.  (See Director’s bio. for detailed reasons that the film was made )


Q.        What are you hopeful to bring with Lies We Tell?

A.        For people of both sides of the culture to understand each others dynamics.


Q.        Mitu & Santosh - What advice can you give to aspiring filmmakers?

A.        The glamour business is tougher than it looks but if you have something that fires your passion and refuses to go away, stay with it and never give up.


Read Lia's review of LIES WE TELL

An actress, Lia Fietz studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
She is the NY correspondent at Tribeca Cannes and Berlinale

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