Director : Darshan Singh Bhuller

NALA poster Australian Film Festival OZIFF

Overview & Credits


Nala is a film that delves into the difficult process of grieving, inspired by the Director's daughter's own experience with loss. Cinematographer Justin Ervin captures the poignant visuals, set to an original score by Andrew Ryan. The film features the renowned dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott, who skillfully conveys the emotions of the storyline through movement.

The film follows the journey of grief, starting from a place of overwhelming despair and gradually shifting towards a more tempered acceptance of the loss. Through the expressive dance, Nala explores the depths of trauma and the conflicting emotions of strength and helplessness that come with it. Ultimately, the film finds solace in the natural landscape, where the pain can be absorbed and processed.

Director Biography

Darshan Singh Bhuller – Artistic Director, Choreographer and Film Maker Darshan was a longstanding member of the world-renowned London Contemporary Dance Theatre from 1979 to 1994, Under Artist Director Sir Robert Cohan, as a dancer, then rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher. He also danced as a member of Siobhan Davies Dance Company in 1991 and was Assistant to the Director of Richard Alston Dance Company from 1994 to 1996. Darshan has created and directed works for international companies including London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, CandoCo, Nordic Dance Theatre, CeDeCe, Zero Culture and for Companhia de Bailado Contemporaneo (Portugal). Schools for which he has created work include Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London School of Contemporary Dance, Danshögskolan in Sweden and English National Ballet School. London Studio Centre & Millennium Dance, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance and New World School of the Arts, Miami, Alvin Ailey school, NYC and Marymount Manhattan Dance Company.

Key Cast

PeiJu Chien-Pott