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The WIN Awards 2005 To Honor British Filmmaker, Gurinder Chadha

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Pressbox (Press Release) - 2005 Chaplin Limelight Award Honoree
Gurinder Chadha To Be Honored
The WIN AWARDS 2005
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“We are women, we are only half the world, but we gave birth to the whole world”. Jane Campion, Director, THE PIANO. The WIN AWARDS, Woman of Year (2001)

2005 Chaplin Limelight Award Honoree
Gurinder Chadha To Be Honored
The WIN AWARDS 2005

Los Angeles, CA—The Women’s Image Network (WIN), producer of the WIN Awards, announces director, Gurinder Chadha, (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, BRIDE & PREJUDICE) will be its 2005 Chaplin Limelight Award Honoree.

Established in 2003, The Chaplin Limelight Award spotlights emerging women directors, who bring a sense of innovation and originality, together with a standard of excellence, to their creative pursuits. Former Chaplin Limelight Award recipients include, Catherine Hardwicke, (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and Vicky Jenson, (Shrek, A Shark’s Tale).

Ms. Chadha will be on hand to accept her award at The WIN Awards ceremony on Monday, September 26, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

The Chaplin Limelight Award is a new edition to The WIN Awards, which were first produced in 1993 and presented to producer, Laura Ziksin, (Spider Man) and the Women In Film founder, Tichi Wilkerson.

The WIN Award Lifetime Achievement recipients also include: Linda Wolf, (Chairman/CEO, Leo Burnett), Lauren Shuler Donner, (Producer, X-MEN), Jane Campion, (Director, THE PIANO), Lauren Bacall, (Actress, THE BIG SLEEP), Lily Tomlin, (Actress, I HEART HUCKABEES), Pierce Brosnan, (Actor, DIE ANOTHER DAY), and Lynn Redgrave, (Actress, KINSEY).

The non-profit media advocacy company, Women’s Image Network was created to “Foster A World Where Everyone WINs” and by encouraging media makers to present women as fully flawed and as completely capable as their male counterparts, WIN hopes that women will attain economic and social parity. To that end produces its WIN Awards which were formerly a “by-invitation only” honor. In the year 2000, WIN began inviting television networks, film studios and commercial creative artists to compete for a WIN award in one these categories: Feature Films, Documentary Films, Episodic Comedy Series, Episodic Drama Series, Animation Series, Reality Series, News Series, Shows/Films Directed By A Woman and Commercials (Internet & Television) spots Art Directed, Written OR Directed By A Woman.

Gurinder Chadha is set to direct three features including “I Dream of Jennie”, “My Sassy Girl” and “the Closet”, film director, (“Bride & Prejudice”, “Bend It Like Beckham”), Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, growing up in Southall, London. Gurinder studied at the University of East Anglia. After working as a broadcast journalist, her first directorial venture was I'm British But., a documentary made for Channel 4 and the BFI in 1989. The film uses the phenomenon of bhangra music to explore issues of identity and belonging among young British-born Asians.

In 1990 Chadha made her first dramatic short film, Nice Arrangement, concerning a British-Asian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding. Soon following was the documentary, Acting Our Age (1991), in which elderly Asians living in Southall recount their experiences of living in Britain. These various concerns came together in Chadha's first feature film, the comedy-drama Bhaji on the Beach (1993). The film centres on the experiences of a group of Asian women from three generations on a day trip to Blackpool. As Chadha has said, in the film "You have tradition on the one side and modernity on the other, Indianness on the one side, Englishness on the other, cultural specificity and universality - but in fact there is a scale between each of these polarities and the film moves freely between them."

After a two-part drama for the BBC, Rich Deceiver (1995), and a number of television documentaries, Chadha went to Los Angeles to make her next feature film What's Cooking? (2000), a series of overlapping stories involving four families (Hispanic, Vietnamese, African-American, and Jewish), all preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. Once again the film stresses diversity over difference through an increasingly adept mix of drama and comedy. Chadha has said that "For me the whole point of the film is that the four families mirror each other and as you become emotionally invested you forget about where they come from - you stop seeing difference and realise they all want the same thing, to keep their families together.

Chadha's most accomplished and commercially successful film to date is Bend It Like Beckham (2002). This story of a young Asian woman trying to pursue her ambitions as a footballer while accommodating the demands of family and tradition may seem familiar territory. However, the fact that the film is set in Southall, where Chadha grew up, enables her to present a subtly nuanced picture of a very specific community. The film makes the point that British Asian experiences are as diverse as those of any cultural or ethnic group, thereby emphasising the universality of those experiences, a point that is all the more powerful for being quietly made.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Bhaji on the Beach (1992)
Intelligent, witty film about Asian women on a day-trip to Blackpool

I'm British But... (1989)
Gurinder Chadha's documentary about Bhangra music and Asian identity

Nice Arrangement, A (1991)
Short film about an arranged marriage

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