SEPTEMBER 19th, 2019
800 Lunches: Akshay, a young Indian boy realises his school lunch is not the same as everyone else's. Jump forward to a
teenage Akshay - his outlook on life and respect for homemade food changes but not without its challenges.
800 Lunches is a dramatic short film that explores the theme of sustainability with a specific look at culture, heritage
800 Lunches is inspired by two real-life events bringing to the forefront characters that are not commonly seen within the context
of short New Zealand films – immigrant New Zealanders of colour. This story hopes to engage with wider audiences to
accurately represent our society in Tāmaki makaurau, and greater Aotearoa.
800 Lunches is one of the Someday Stories series of sustainability-focused short films by emerging film-makers of Aotearoa New
Zealand. In its third year, you can watch Someday Stories online from 5th September @
Someday Stories are produced by Connected Media with support from NZ On Air, The Body Shop, Te Māngai Pāho and the New
Zealand Film Commission in association with Stuff, Māori Television, RNZ, and the Coconet.tv.
Rating: PG - contains bullying
Producer: Ankita Singh
Writer/Director: Bala Murali Shingade