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Deepa Mehta: A Life in Pictures

20 December 2011
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The acclaimed Canadian-Indian director of the Elements trilogy talks about her controversial career in film in this BAFTA Guru video.

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The full length Deepa Mehta interview video is available to watch now on BAFTA Guru.

Interviewed by Daniel Graham from Artificial Eye, the India-born Mehta discusses her unique approach to making films and the controversy surrounding her 'elements trilogy' - Fire, Earth and Water.

I don't do storyboards. My scripts drive the production designer and the wardrobe person nuts, because I'm so detail-orientated.

Challenging the balance of men and women in Indian culture, the trilogy broke the taboo of putting same sex relationships on screen. In the full video, available now on BAFTA Guru, Mehta describes her feelings of betrayal about the violent protests and death threats surrounding the shoot of Water in her homeland. She goes on to discuss her methodology with the help of clips and answers questions about working as an independent filmmaker.

Watch the Deepa Mehta interview now on BAFTA Guru

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