Indian Space Dreams (Sue Sudbury) Great Britain

Indian Space Dreams
Sue Sudbury
Great Britain. 2020. 52 min

For the very first time, access has been granted to film behind-the scenes of an Indian space mission.
With extraordinary insight into contemporary India, this film follows space scientists in Mumbai as they prepare to launch the country’s first astronomical satellite to explore the super-massive black hole at the center of our universe … on a fraction of NASA’s budget.
As things start to go wrong, they soon discover the enormity of the challenge they have taken on. Filmed over 5 years, we follow these astronomers on this ‘topsy-turvy ride’ to space. As countdown to launch approaches will their 15 years of hard work pay off and their dreams be realised? And what of the dreams of the children who live the other side of the Space Center’s wall?


Sue’s first film A Day in May screened at the Barbican and the London, Sydney, Leipzig and Nyon Film Festivals. Sue went on to direct Moving Out (Channel 4 TV) about two long-stay psychiatric patients adjusting to life in the community which won the RTS Educational Award and A Home for Clare (Channel 4 TV) about a woman forced to leave her home and go into residential care which won the New York International Film and Television Finalist Award. For Channel 4, Sue also produced and directed The Tale of Bugs Bottom which won the Prix de Basle. Sue now combines a career as Associate Professor of Media Practice at Bournemouth University with running her production company, Sequoia Films. For Sequoia she has directed three multi award-winning shorts, Moving On, Village Tales and Hunger by the Sea. Indian Space Dreams is her first feature documentary.


Indian Space Dreams (2020)
Hunger by the Sea (2017)
Village Tales (2016)
Moving On (2008)
Three Men and their Babies (1996)
The Tale of Bugs Bottom (1992)
How Green was My Valley (1992)
Dear Mr Parkinson (1991)
A Home for Clare (1990)
Moving Out (1988)
A Day in May (1983)