The Sannyasin Saga: Colour Comes To Fremantle

Joseph London is a young Fremantle filmmaker. His documentary The Beloved will be shown at the Revelation Film Festival at Luna SX on 12 December 2020.

A decade of dedication has produced an impressive account of the motivations and challenges faced by those who became involved with a charismatic Indian guru, Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh, later known as Osho. Told through the eyes of Fremantle sannyasins and former sannyasins, the documentary is an epic, and at times poignant, narrative – an exploration of meaning, set against a beautifully-filmed backdrop of the Port City.

In an increasingly polarised world, Joseph’s work is an important contribution towards greater understanding as to the allure of a spiritual search, and the implications for individuals, their families, and the wider community.

We should add that it is a long doco. Rivalling Bernardo Bertolucci’s 317 minutes ‘1900’ – a great epic. This will no doubt be too!

Bruce Menzies, who also figures in the film and who has previously spoken to the Shipping News about Whirlpool, his memoire of those times, recently met with Joseph London to discuss the film and the labour of love involved in its making. Here is the podcast interview.

(Please note that due to some technical difficulties, the first minute of the podcast suffers from some static, but after that it’s plain sailing.)