A good man

Director: Safina Uberoi
Running time: 79 ’ - Australia, 2009

Director’s Bio

Safina Uberoi is an Australian-Indian filmmaker whose best-known documentary is My Mother India, an autobiographical film about her multi-cultural family. The film won 11 major awards including the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for best Australian documentary. Safina also wrote and directed 1800-India for PBS which won a Golden Eagle Award for excellence in journalism. Her latest documentary A Good Man premiered to a very warm reception at the Adelaide Film Festival, was selected to screen at Hotdocs, Toronto, Silverdocs and Washington.

Contact Director
Safina Uberoi
Director, Co-Producer
Tel: 02 - 9590 7998
E-mail: safina.uberoi@gmail.com
E-mail: himsaf@hotmail.com


IDFA – International Film Festival of Amsterdam


Canberra International Film Festival, Australia


Sydney International Film Festival


Hotdocs, Toronto


Adelaide International Film Festival


Best Documentary,   Picture this film Festival, Canada


Top ten Audience Choice Award, IDFA, Amsterdam


Best Documentary, Audience Choice, Canberra International Film Festival


Foxtel Award for Best Documentary Sydney International Film Festival


Best Editor Award, Australian Editors Guild

2009 A Good Man
2005 Wide Angle
2007 1800 India
2006 Who Do You Think You Are? Meera Syal
2004 My Mother India

Director: Safina Uberoi


Photography: Himman Dhamija


Screenplay: Safina Uberoi


Editing: Nicholas Beauman


Sound: Mark Cornish, Tony Robson


Music: Miroslav Bukovsky

Production: Safina Uberoi, Divana Films  


Chris Rohrlach, the good man of the title, looks like an ordinary Australian “bloke”. A farmer from northern New South Wales, we discover Chris mustering sheep. But Chris is an extraordinary story – fourteen years ago, his pregnant girlfriend Rachel had a massive stroke which left her incurably quadriplegic, with significant neurological impairment. Chris was undeterred – for him Rachel was still Rachel, and he married her shortly after their baby was born. That baby is now a teenage boy and Chris and Rachel have just found out they are having another child. Life on the farm is even tougher now and he desperately needs a second income. To the horror of many local townspeople, Chris decides to open a small legal brothel.

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Director’s Statement

Chris’s Rohrlach’s story is fascinating because it reflects one of the most profound dilemmas which concern us all: what will you do for love? We have all been faced with choices about love. Whether it is about an elderly parent, an unhappy spouse or a child in need – we have all had to think about what we are prepared to do for the people we love the most. Fourteen years ago, Chris was faced with a situation where the woman he loved needed him totally. In marrying Rachel, Chris took an extraordinary responsibility. In looking after her for so many years, he has shown exemplary stamina. What keeps him going? Love? Duty? Compassion? A Good man is an observational documentary following a man who has made some extraordinary choices in his life. This is a warm, intimate and challenging portrait of Chris Rohrlach’s as family man and sex trader.