The culture I grew up in, death was always looked upon as dark and forbidden and not discussed. And, you know, living close to Mexico where you were very aware of like the Day of the Dead ceremony where they use humour and the skeletons are all dancing and playing, I just felt like that was so much more appropriate. It’s much more a celebration of life and a much more positive way of dealing with death than as this sort of dark, unspoken, forbidden, scary thing. So that other culture seemed to have what I think is a much more positive approach to it.
Netribution readers of a certain age will recall this writer/director playing a schoolgirl role in Grange Hill. She's moved on from there and gone behind the camera, becoming the first black woman to write and produce her own TV drama. Now she's turned to directing and her formidible talent sees her debut cinema offering scooping a shelf-full of awards, including a Carl Forman Award at the BAFTAs as Best Newcomer. In this, her first feature, she not only produced a good film on a low budget, but did so with a very young largely untried, but clearly talented cast. She's quite a sister, Amma Asante.