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Wednesday, 12th August, 2020

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra is a BAFTA Award nominated writer-director who was named one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2017. His most recent film, Photograph, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios in May. His previous films include Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, for Netflix, and The Sense of an Ending for BBC and FilmNation starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. Batra’s debut feature film The Lunchbox, was supported by Sundance and premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Rail d’Or. It was one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and nominated for the 2015 BAFTA Awards for ‘Best Film Not In The English Language’.


The Crown:

Peter Morgan in conversation with Ritesh Batra

Based on his award-winning play The Audience, Peter Morgan turned the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times into one of the most successful television shows of all time, winning Golden Globes and Emmys along with extraordinary global viewing figures. Here, he talks about how he wrote the jewel in the Netflix crown.