Vic Sarin and A Shine of Rainbows

Vic Sarin, photo Wendy Dallian

It's a bright sunny day and I'm sitting in a lounge overlooking beautiful Vancouver, talking with Canadian director Vic Sarin about his latest film, A Shine of Rainbows.


WD: Could you please tell us a little about yourself as a filmmaker.


VS: I feel a little shy about talking about myself.


I started out quite early in life into films. I think sixteen, seventeen. All I wanted was to make films.

I was born in Kashmir but my father was a diplomat and he got a posting to go to Australia so I went with him. One of the biggest things for me was to play cricket because they were the number one country in the world at that time. I loved playing cricket but soon after, the passion for movies took over.


My father was a film manager and used to run a movie theatre so I used to watch films all the time. Then I just wanted to make films.

My father was instrumental in getting me a camera and everything else. At the age of seventeen I started to make films. I had no training. I just went and started shooting.


In those days it was very hard for people to get into the film business because there were no schools. There was nothing. You just had to apprentice: polish somebody's shoes, make coffee, before they'd let you learn. I bypassed all that and just started making my own films. That was the beginning.


Television was just coming in and it was very hard to get in to. You needed a degree and I never finished university, just the second year. I was just so eager to go and make movies.


So I took the camera, because to me the visual end of filmmaking is very important. You tell your story through pictures. That to me is the left hand. The right hand, of course, is writing and the brain is probably the actors so you've got three, four elements that you need to make movies. I happened to take this element in my hand to make films.

So I came from that end which is not as traditional, not as common. It was the best route for me in those days.


WD: What's your favourite role in the filmmaking process?


VS: People try to peg you but I'm not sure that's necessary. I just want to make films. If it's a story you really want to tell, what are you going to do? Make coffee on set, take a camera, write, direct, whatever, it's all part of making films. In the end, I think you need three things to tell a story.


To have control and very clear thinking, is to have a strong knowledge of the camera and your pen. Those two elements. Then of course you bring in other people to help you out like actors and crew.


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