Flipping The Cliché: In Conversation with Gurinder Chadha OBE

Room: Final Draft Marquee

with Gurinder Chadha O.B.E.
moderated by Olivia Hetreed

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Gurinder found mainstream international success with ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, highest grossing British-financed, British-distributed film ever in the UK box-office (prior to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) followed by a Bollywood version of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, which was the first film ever to open at Number One in the UK and India on the same day.

Bridging more than one gap, Gurinder manages to turn cliches on their heads and marches us to her own bi-cultural drum. Down to ‘Quais de Seine’, the segment she directed for ‘Paris Je T’Aime’, her trademark characters always transition into their own identity, from anxious strangers in a strange land to peaceful thriving eccentrics – a duality that Gurinder herself always seemed to turn in her favour.

With family centric themes, based on traditional values, Gurinder’s colourful tones seem to burst through closed doors. Twice a minority in gender and ethnic group, Gurinder’s filmmaking career is an inspiration. Now on the board of Women In Film And Television, and Gurinder was awarded OBE in 2006 for her services to the British film industry.

Join us as we go pass through the hoops and obstacles Gurinder had to traverse to establish herself as voice that matters in the industry.

Appearing in this session

Gurinder Chadha O.B.E.

Gurinder Chadha O.B.E. – Director & Screenwriter

Credits include: Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder is one of the most respected Film Directors in the UK with a track record for making international box office successes.
Gurinder Chadha O.B.E.
Olivia Hetreed

Olivia Hetreed – Screenwriter

Credits include: Girl With A Pearl Earring

Screenwriter of 'Girl With The Pearl Earring' and 'Wuthering Heights'.
Olivia Hetreed