….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
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. http://householdkontinuance.wordpress.com/tag/eva-monley/
that very sweet of u. God bless u.
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I send you my best wishes and thank you for the care you took of Eva ….xxxoooo
i still miss her alot. she was n still ma special friend. I looked after her for 8 years.
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
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, 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
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A quote out of respect for your mentor: “Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.” from Katharine Graham.
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FYI: This is a collection of Obituary that all came out in the last 2 days:
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/movies/eva-monley-film-location-scout-in-africa-dies-at-88.html?_r=2&ref=obituaries
The Wall Street Journal: http://onespot.wsj.com/small-business/2011/11/21/cb65f/eva-monley-dies-at-88
Art news worldwide: http://artnewsworldwide.com/the-new-york-times-arts/54281-eva-monley-film-location-scout-in-africa-dies-at-88.html
21aldgate blog: http://21aldgate.blogspot.com/2011/11/eva-monley-hollywoods-expert-on-africa.html
The Times.co.uk: http://announcements.thetimes.co.uk/obituaries/timesonline-uk/obituary.aspx?n=eva-mary-monley&pid=154722879
QWT news: http://www.qwtnews.com/?p=453760
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
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.