Writing, Writing…Striving for that Commission…
Having been a writer/director for nearly 10 years means I’m used to the freelance way of life, the not knowing when or where my next job is coming from and that commissions are never guaranteed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy but I’m used to it and happily accept it.
I’m pretty proud I received a distinction in my MA from Goldsmiths’ University of London in Screen Drama aged 22, my graduation film Rifts (film above) about warring kebab shop owners won film festival awards around the world (including a peace prize) and it helped me get my first running job at a major film company before I quickly progressed to developing a documentary there for a very famous singer. It was all a bit of a whirlwind for a 22 year old ‘green as they come girl’ and a steep learning curve.
What I learnt there in one year, couldn’t be taught in ten. I got insight into everything from script to screen and when I left I was prepared for the next stage of my career. I then wrote and directed a short film Broken (trailer below) based on my mother’s story as an immigrant with an incredible team of actors and crew which picked up awards from India to LA including The Channel 4 4Talent Award for Best Filmmaker which heralded the start of my official filmmaking career, leading me to make everything from fashion films to social tv documentaries.
Over the years I’ve always taught in between gigs too (GCSE English to MA filmmaking) which has not only been rewarding but essential in this most unstable of careers. I know many filmmakers whom do all sorts of jobs in between gigs from marketing to finance jobs. It’s the way of the freelance world.
Since having children I’ve become a happier, more fulfilled person and in turn, a stronger director. The ambition burns, more so in many ways but I have context now-not succeeding doesn’t matter as long as my family are healthy and happy.
Most recently I’ve come full circle, back to my graduation film Rifts (which I’d always strived to be made into a feature film or TV series and wrote it as the former) and am now developing it with a TV giant of a producer at a brilliant production company who have optioned the rights to it.
It has been developed in various forms for the last few years (that very first film company I worked for, wanted to develop it) but I really feel my co writer and I are writing our best comedy yet and I’m keeping everything crossed we get commissioned. I know nothing is for certain though and over the years am used to giving projects my all and brushing myself off and starting all over again, if they don’t happen.
Everything is subjective and not always strong enough/the right time etc.
It’s the way of the media world and I’m lucky for all those projects that have come off and enriched me in doing so.
I truly feel my kids are my biggest success of all and getting this off the ground will just be the icing on the cake so let’s see what happens!
Wish me luck…