From Dope to Dalai Lama

From Dope to Dalai Lama

Credits

Director

Jason Raftopoulos

Country

Australia 2010

Running Time

16mins

Category

Short

Language

English

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.

SYDNEY Sessions

Wednesday 29 October, 7:00 pm

Screens as part of GASFF Australian Shorts

MELBOURNE Sessions

Thursday 23 October, 7:00 pm

Screens as part of GASFF Australian Shorts