It wasn't long before Athale had directed his first short, "A Good Life" — followed two years later by his first feature film, "Wasteland", though the road wasn't always easy. As a first time director in a difficult financial climate, Athale's ambition and perseverance as a filmmaker was tested — and his film's debut at TIFF 2012 is a testament to his hard work and determination.
Compare "Wasteland" to a Clooney film: "'Ocean's Eleven' on a council estate in Northern England."
Discuss the plot of your film sans Clooney: "It's a story of brotherhood, camaraderie and the ties that bind four lifelong best friends as they set out on a journey to help one find redemption."
What inspired you to make this movie? "I wanted to make a film set in a social realist world that didn't follow the non-narrative form typical of that type of film. I wanted to show the real characters familiar to these films and allow them to have fun in a genre narrative."
Future projects: "I'm in the early stages of development on two original features."
Indiewire invited select newcomers to the Toronto International Film Festival to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faces, and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses throughout TIFF. Go HERE to read other profiles.