SACF South Asian Cinema in UK


The Elephant Boy - Screening, Talk and Exhibition

The Elephant Boy
Monday, 12th May, 2014
Venue - BFI, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 8XT

A Hidden Heritage - Indo-British Collaboration in Cinema in UK (1930-1951)

SACF is working on a film heritage project titled: A Hidden Heritage: Indo-British Collaboration in Cinema in UK (1930 –1951). Among the findings of the project are two actors of Indian origin who rose to international stardom – Merle Oberon and Sabu – on whom we are focusing through the events given below.

SabuSABU (1924-1963)

A simple but extremely gifted and intelligent lad who worked in the Elephant Palace of the Maharaja of Mysore in South India, Sabu, at the age of 11, sailed to London where he won fame and fortune after starring in Alexander Korda’s The Elephant Boy (1935), a film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Toomai of the Elephants. He was the first English actor of Indian origin to become an international star and a household name all over the world.

  • FREE talk titled: Sabu: The Elephant Boy & Child Stardom by Dr Jeffrey Richards at 11 am in NFT.
  • FREE Exhibition on Sabu in the Blue Room, BFI South Bank (afternoon)
  • Screening of: The Elephant Boy, starring Sabu at 2 pm in NFT.

Organised by the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI) South Bank, London with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.