Gillian Anderson stars in child trafficking drama, “Sold”, which premiered at the opening gala of the London Indian Film Festival. Sara Hemrajani reports
The London Indian Film Festival got off to a glittery start on Thursday night, with dozens of stars and guests traipsing the red carpet. The festival, now in its fifth year, opened with the European premiere of "Sold". Based on a best-selling novel, the gritty drama tells the tale of a young Nepalese girl trafficked into a brothel in Kolkata, India. As she tries to escape, her calls for help catch the attention of an American photographer, who makes it her mission to free the enslaved girl. X-Files actress Gillian Anderson plays the activist photographer. She said she felt compelled to take the role, even though the early script only had one line of dialogue. (SOUNDBITE) Actress Gillian Anderson, saying: (English) "Well the director and producer, Jeffrey, came to me quite a long time ago with the script when the character was a single line and asked, if just based on the importance of the issue, whether it was something that I would be interested in being a part of. And the script was so strong and my growing understanding of the current issue was such that I thought even with just one line that I couldn't say no." The London Indian Film Festival promises to showcase the region's diverse mix of independent filmmakers and actors. It runs till July 17th.