I started out in the film industry as a teenager when I made my first short films. After being a runner and trainee on a variety of films, I left school and worked in production and development for Merchant Ivory Productions. I returned to them after university, doing my time on films such as “Le Divorce” (James Ivory, 2003), “The Golden Bowl” (James Ivory, 2000) and the “Mystic Masseur” (Ismail Merchant, 2001). Ismail, Jim and Ruth nurtured me through these years and beyond. They still inspire me.
I studied filmmaking, completing an MFA from the Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts where I held a Focus Fellowship. Before that I did an MA in Literature, Culture & Modernity from QMUL and an undergraduate degree in English from Wadham College in Oxford. I speak Urdu, Italian, French and Spanish and have an ongoing interest in cultural encounter, literature, psychoanalysis and critical theory.
In 2015/2016, I was fortunate enough to be selected as an Arts Council of England Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. I live in London with my husband and continue to develop a range of storytelling projects. I am also a trustee of the wonderful Islington Mill in Salford, Greater Manchester.
If you would like to find out more about my work, or are interested in commissioning something, please drop me a line here.