From Dope to Dalai Lama
Winner of Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Inside Film Awards.
A chance reconnection with a high school classmate triggered student filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos’ decision to document an astonishing personal journey of extremes.
This is the believe-it-or-not story of Anthony Markwell. His life adventure has taken 20 years to tell, not to mention three near-death experiences and 10 years of monkhood.
"[My film] basically tracks the life of a guy from being a 17 year-old school dropout working on a fish trawler in Perth, to living on a beach in Thailand, running amuck, doing lots of partying, taking lots of drugs, and then ultimately becoming subject to an assassination, before becoming a monk in Burma for ten years.” Jason Raftopoulos
Written by: Jason Raftopoulos
Produced by: Jason Raftopoulos
About the Director:
Jason Raftopoulos studied acting in New York for three years before undertaking film and television studies at Swinburne University in Melbourne. From Dope to Dalai Lama is his award-winning, graduation year short film.