Directed by Anoop Lokkur, Long Distance talks about the story that happens when a young Indian woman living in Australia, gets a call from her Mum back home while getting ready for work. As they talk, the little white lies Aayushi tells indicate a distance between herself and her family that is more than just physical.

Aayushi, a young Indian woman living in Australia, gets a call from her Mum back home while getting ready for work. As they talk, the little white lies Aayushi tells indicate a distance between herself and her family that is more than just physical.

Directors Statement - Anoop Lokkur

I’d been wanting to make a short film based on my personal experiences, which I could explore through characters that I’d find relatable. Initially, it felt like any ideas I’d come up with were too contrived until my mum called me one night – the conversation I had with her inspired me to make this short film. She asked me how my job was; I said that my 9-to-5 was going well when in reality I’d been sitting in my living room most of the day trying to come up with film ideas.
I was struck by how many lies I’d tell her because of the tension I felt between her and my family’s expectations of me, and the expectations I’d built for my own life. Ultimately, Long Distance is a particular exploration of family, love, and life from an intercultural perspective that I feel I haven’t seen on a lot of on-screen before.

Biographies of Cast & Crews

Anoop Lookur (Director)
- Anoop Lokkur is a Melbourne-based filmmaker. Originally from Bangalore, India, Anoop moved to Australia in early 2007 to pursue a Masters degree in International Business. After over 7 years working as a project manager, Anoop decided to quit his job and pursue his passion for film making, having also completed the Foundations Course in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Sakshi Singh (Lead Actor)
- Sakshi Singh is an Australian-Indian actor. She was born in India and migrated to Australia with her family in 2006. She completed her schooling in Victoria and went on to study Doctor of Medicine(MBBS) from The University of Melbourne. She worked as a doctor in Melbourne while also pursuing her passion for acting alongside. She is currently working as an actor full time. Sakshi won the Miss India Australia award in 2018 and was also announced the first runner up at the Miss India Worldwide pageant in the USA the same year. She is also a trained dancer and an athlete.