The Winter of Love at Capital Woman

Capital Woman are promoting and screening “The Winter of Love”, the directorial debut by Shakila Taranum Maan  on 8th March at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster SW1P 3EE.

The DVD of The Winter of Love will be sold at a discounted price for the conference participants.

Ken Livingston, the Mayor of London will introduce the day along with special audience with Angela Davis

For more information on the day, contact Capital Woman.

Click here to purchase the DVD of The Winter of Love.


Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti from the cast The Winter of Love

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s rendition of Preeti’s character in ‘The Winter of Love’ (formerly ‘A Quiet Desperation’) is deeply moving and original.Playing the part of Preeti, Gurpreet brought to light the struggles of a young woman wanting to live her own life. She live Anil who is played by Pravesh Kumar in The Winter of Love pay a high price for love. Although a brief appearance in the film, Anil’s character is central to the development of Preeti’s character which culminates in tragedy.

Filmed entirely on location, The Winter of Love tells the story of a family in turmoil after the death of Paji, Preeti’s father. The return of Shammi, Preeti’s uncle, unlocks a plethora of ghosts.

Since the completion of the film many of the actors who appeared in the film have gone on to create amazing projects and Gurpreet has since established herself as a highly skilled playwright for the British stage.

Her play Bhezti, which caused much controversy and joins the ranks of many well crafted plays by British Asian playwrights, went on to ask probing and difficult questions as is the role of any writer.

Gurpreet went on to win the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Bhezti. The US-based award is made annually to the best English language play by a woman and is worth $10,000.

At the time of winning the prize, BBC Midlands covered the story and wrote that:

“Critics have marked out Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti as a playwright to watch – be it as a fresh, original or provocative voice in British theatre.

Bhezti is Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s second play. Born in Watford, she has mixed acting with writing and has two plays plus work on scripts for Crossroads and East Enders to her name. “

Read here for the full article.

Sound Design – The Winter of Love

Sound Design has fast been gathering the momentum of star status within the post production world of motion picture. The importance of sound design to a film is paramount and with the advent of technical progress, the sophistication of its application and creation of sound design is reaching heady heights, ever evolving.

In The Winter of Love, the sound design created by Julian MacDonald is highly original, which is not be confused with the film’s soundtrack composed by the legendry Kuljit Bhamra. Julian has gone on to produce a fascinating world of emotion through sound where the characters in the ‘The Winter of Love’ epitomise a specific group of people suffering a universal truth.

For example, Julian uses nature to bring out Preeti’s character played by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti creating a world where the character longs to escape and Julian draws out her mental state to the forefront; whereas the sound design created for Shammi’s character is that of a wide open world, with dramatic skies and open roads, signify an inner desire of the character to constantly escape.

Julian MacDonald managed to create a world full of complexity drawing out the essence of the script and the film’s final edit; he understood the nature of the movement within the film as that one of being a non-linearity embracing all aspects of past, present and future of capturing a moment as well as the whole.