Hamilton Mehta Productions is a Toronto-based independent film Production Company. Co-founded in 1996 by internationally acclaimed director Deepa Mehta and Producer David Hamilton, Hamilton-Mehta Productions has been international recognized for its powerful and politically charged films that explore the human condition. Both Deepa & David have been the recipients of many well-respected international awards including an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Film, WATER.
HM has successfully produced all three parts of Deepa Mehta’s Elemental Trilogy: FIRE, EARTH and WATER. At the Chicago International Film Festival, FIRE won two Silver Hugo Awards for Best Direction and Best Actress. FIRE has been sold to over 30 countries worldwide. In 1999, EARTH won the Critics' Award at the Schermi d'Amore International Film Festival, Italy. EARTH has been sold to 22 countries worldwide.
The final film in their Elemental Trilogy, WATER, was a commercial success with worldwide Box Office in excess of $14 million. Released in the US in 2007 by Fox Searchlight, WATER played for over 30 weeks on 90 screens. In addition to its Oscar nomination, WATER received much international recognition, including the Golden Kinnaree Award for best picture from the Bangkok International Film Festival.
In 2008, HM produced the film HEAVEN ON EARTH which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film has become a tool for professionals in the field of assisting abused women; it has screened at a conferences of judges, crown attorneys and health care workers to assist them in an understanding the special circumstances of immigrant women in abusive environments. Also in 2008, HM produced Dilip Mehta's feature documentary THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN which won best film at the San Francisco Film Festival in 2008.
HM produced Dilip Mehta's film COOKING WITH STELLA a light hearted social satire which had a gala premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2011, HM completed principal photography in Sri Lanka on Deepa Mehta's film MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN based on Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize winning novel. The film was released in 2012 to much fan fare.
In 2015, HM released the seventh film collaboration between Deepa Mehta and David Hamilton, BEEBA BOYS. The film intentionally challenges stereotypes and takes us right inside this Indo Canadian world...a specific world and culture which no crime movie has explored before.
Deepa Mehta (Writer/Director)
Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated (Water), transnational filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favourites. She is best known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water. Other films include, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless…provocative. Mehta is both a rebel and a humanist, and that spirit saturates her newest work, Beeba Boys, a tough, stylish gangster film.
David Hamilton (Producer)
David Hamilton's business ventures have spanned a variety of enterprises, including hi tech software support, publishing, international trade, concert production/promotion, and film production and sales. For the past 18 years David has produced Deepa’s celebrated, influential, and popular films, including the Oscar nominated (2006) Water; the two previous films in her Elemental trilogy: Fire and Earth; and the comedy Bollywood/Hollywood. In 2013 he produced Midnight’s Children - Deepa’s epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s(three time) Booker Prize-winning novel, and 2015 he produced, Beeba Boys, Deepa Mehta's take on the gangster genre. David holds an MBA from Harvard University, as well as being a published author on decision theory.