Maree Delofski: Writer, Producer, Director

a calcutta christmas

A Calcutta Christmas (1998) is a film about a group of elderly Anglo-Indians living in a Home in Kolkata. I was moved to make this film after I visited and realised that many of the elderly residents felt a strong connection to Australia, yearning for their families who had emigrated there, even though they themselves would likely never visit. Theirs was a hidden world and yet still, some of them dreamed of Australia

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Producer: Denise Haslem
Writer/Director: Maree Delofski
Cinematographer: Himman Dhamija
Sound Recordist: Pat Fiske
Editor: Andrew Plain


Finalist, Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
Finalist, Best Director, Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
Finalist, Best Documentary, Critics Circle of Australia
Finalist, Distinguished Achievement in Documentary Award, Int Documentary Association
Certificate of Merit (2000) San Francisco International Film Festival (Golden Gate Awards) Television. Category 6. Society & Culture
Silver Conch (2000) Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary
Short & Animation Films (MIFF) (International Video Competition – Non-fiction up to 60 mins)
Bronze WorldMedal – Television Documentary and Information Programs – Human Relations (1999) New York Festivals: International Television Programming & Promotion
Honorable Mention (1999) EthnoFilm Fest, Berlin
Chicago Silver Images Film Festival (1999) Best of Documentary Section



Christmas Comes Late To Calcutta Elderly – The Age Green Guide 28 January 1999 p.7


AS they entered the International Year of the Older Person, SBS and Film Australia received a timely response to the recent screening of their Australian documentary A Calcutta Christmas. The film took a poignant look at the lives of Anglo-Indians living out their final years in an old people’s home in Calcutta. Many are destitute and have been abandoned by their families, quite a few of whom have migrated to Australia. Film Australia and SBS have taken hundreds of calls – SBS took 60 just on the night of the screening-from viewers wishing to help. One woman even spotted the brother she had not seen for more than 20 years. Such is the power of television! Donations can be sent by registered mail to The Superintendent, Tollygunge Home, 186 Nedaji Pubhas Chandra, Bose Road, Calcutta, 700040, India.