Even better was the wonderful surprise news of winning a Best Runner-up Documentary award for More Than Blood.
Well done to the whole team in London, starting with the stunning animation Riitta Hakkarainen created for the film, the beautiful original score by Vasilis Alevizos and Anibal Vidal Astroza and the special editing touches by Lisa Cazzato Vieyra.
And very happy to have made two new filmmaker friends Tineke Vanveen and Brenda Malley ...all 3 of us sharing a special moment celebrating our awards and women power!!
I have fond memories of Pune, of when I was making my first ever documentary Gay Bombay in 1994, whilst in my second year studying film in London (BA(Hons) Film & Video, UAL).
We were an all female crew, living for one month in one of Bombay’s suburbs, Andheri West, in a massive block of flats called Movie Tower, to be precise!
To escape from the madness of Mumbai, we took a train to Pune, to visit the famous Film and Television Institute of India, situated on beautiful grounds in a forest, alongside Prabhat Studio and to visit the equally famous ashram head-quarters for Osho.
Some years later, I learnt that we had actually been the first to make a film about the gay community in Mumbai, as homosexuality was still a huge taboo and illegal in India.