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Eulogy for a beloved mentor, Eva Monley ♥ ♥ ♥

Eva Monley, passed away in Kenya on the morning of the 12th November 2011.

RIP Eva. British Producers Guild. My film mentor & my alpha female role model for more than a decade. The  world will remember you for Lawrence of Arabia, The African Queen, A farewell to Arms, A far off place, Born  Free, Missippi Masala, Empire of the Sun, but I will always remember you for the talks we had about Highlander,  Gable, Tracy, Bogart and Rourke and all the things that empowered women across generations talk about when we  are just relaxing and having a coffee in South Kensington, London together♥ ♥ ♥

You will never stop influencing me. FOREVER! ♥ ♥ ♥ Thank you for being a respected Professional, a generous  mentor and role model for me, personally. Thank you for all the support & encouragement you gave to so many  other countless professionals in the very small family that is the world’s Movie business. ♥ ♥ ♥  I promise you I will  honor the times we had together and follow through on the visions, work ethics, no-nonsense approach, sensitive appreciation to aesthetics and  generosity you have shown me in nurturing my ideas. 🙂 I am sorry I messed up all those Smoked Salmons in your fridge cos I still don’t know how to make a proper sandwich! ♥ ♥ ♥

“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” 

-Quote from the real Lawrence of Arabia-

But I think this quote suits my feelings about Eva Monley, to perfection!  ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥ ♥ She made dreams possible!






This is my documentary project and this is a blog about how Eva Monley has influenced my cinematic aesthetics through her mentorship. Words cannot describe my gratitude for Eva’s time and care. Thank you.

12 comments on “Eulogy for a beloved mentor, Eva Monley ♥ ♥ ♥

  1. mary ndlela
    May 28, 2015

    that very sweet of u. God bless u.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ceciliawyu
      May 28, 2015

      I send you my best wishes and thank you for the care you took of Eva ….xxxoooo


  2. mary ndlela
    May 12, 2015

    i still miss her alot. she was n still ma special friend. I looked after her for 8 years.


    • ceciliawyu
      May 13, 2015

      Dear Mary….yes… I have regular chats with Jane and …..she is still in our hearts! I want to let you know that I have a little cultural event every year at The Bombed Out church in liverpool that in the open air cinema shows an Eva connected film….:) This year 2015 was Enter the Dragon. X love Cecilia


  3. Rafeef Dajani
    July 22, 2012

    I chanced upon your blog after doing a search on Eva: we were neighbours for over 20 years and later became very good friends. I am deeply saddened by her death, she was an incredible woman.
    I left London for Africa on a 6-month sabbatical in 2005 – I stayed for over 5 years and in that time lost touch. I tried unsuccessfully to contact Richard last year to ask after Eva, it must have been shortly before she passed. I would very much like to get in touch with him now so if anyone has an email address for him could you please let me know.

    Rafeef Dajani


    • ceciliawyu
      July 22, 2012

      Rafeef, nice to meet you. I will inbox you directly with Richard’s and others contacts and my own of course. I’ve been meaning to update about the event that was held at Bafta’s members club for her. I’ve just been busy as I just returned from Greece.Will send you details soon. I am so happy to meet so many Eva friends and was very lucky that she mentored me. I miss her very much as an artist and as a person. love Cecilia


  4. Zara Zua
    July 4, 2012

    Some truly fantastic posts on this web site, appreciate it.
    A quote out of respect for your mentor: “Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.” from Katharine Graham.


  5. Greg
    April 18, 2012

    Identified your write-up quite exciting indeed. I truly enjoyed it and I am going to bookmark you for that long term! Relly excellent post. What a great film pioneer!


  6. Hisako Bealmear
    March 21, 2012

    Thanks for another informative site. I’ve a project that I am just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such info.


  7. Jane Kagon
    November 18, 2011

    Dear Cecilia – Thank you for your beautiful eulogy. It’s so strange and yet comforting to surf the net and find someone out there who I’ve never met, but who was part of the world-wide community who loved Eva so very much. Eva was one of my closest friends. She truly was (is) an inspiration and will be greatly missed. Jane Kagon


    • ceciliawyu
      November 18, 2011

      Dear Jane, I wish we had met under happier circumstances. This page is for Eva’s friends around the world, if there’s anything you’d like me to include, please send it to me and I will be honored to post it here on your behalf. My sincere condolensces. ♥ Cecilia.
      P.S I took the liberty of putting a message in chinese also for those who respected & admired Eva from the Far East.


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