Meneka Esther Das

Meneka was born in Allahabad, North India and moved to London to study theatre & films. She trained as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Institute in London and has had the privilege of working with directors such as David Yates, Mike Leigh and Tim Supple. Her passion for stories with strong female voices especially those that reflect her culture inspired her to turn to writing and directing to help bring them to the screen. She studied courses in writing and directing at the National Film School and with Emmy award-winning writer Jan Hartman. Her first film, the 35 mm short ‘The Audition’ opened Mira Nair’s film ‘Hysterical Blindness’ at the Bite the Mango Film Festival in Bradford and screened at festivals in India, UK, Ireland, US and South East Asia. She went on to write and direct her first low budget feature ‘Little Box of Sweets’ starring British actor Joe Anderson, which was shot in North India. The film won Best Music Award at The South Asian Int. Film Festival, New York and Meneka was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Emerging Talent. A second feature venture is a story with two strong female Indian leads. ‘Summer of Our Lives - was one of the two scripts to be selected by the UK Film Council for Tribeca All Access followed by selection for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.

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