Megan Doneman: Yes Madam, Sir Print E-mail


“Yes Madam, Sir”, a compelling feature-length documentary about the extraordinary life of the first woman to join the Indian police service, Kiran Bedi, known to many as the modern day Gandhi.
Written, directed and filmed solely by Australian filmmaker Megan Doneman.


yes madam, sir - the movie
Country: Australia/India
Year: 2008
Language: Hindi, English
Runtime: 95 minutes
Format: Colour/HDCAM
Rating: PG
Production Company:
Sojourn Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Monica Blinco, John Lynch, Annie Collins
Producer: Megan Doneman, Laraine Doneman
Cinematographer: Megan Doneman
Editor: Megan Doneman
Music: Nathan Larson
Narrator: Helen Mirren
Poster Illustration: Tam Morris
Poster Design: righteye.com.au
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 Thursday, February 05, 2009

Film on Kiran Bedi bags top awards at Santa Barbara festival

Silicon Valley (US), PTI:

: Documentarian Megan Doneman did an eloquent job in showcasing Kiran Bedi's life at work.

Produced and directed by Australian film-maker Megan Doneman, the documentary has won the USD 100,000 Best Documentary award and the USD 2500 Fund for Santa Barbara's "Social Justice Award...

Hot on the heels of "Slumdog Millionaire" making waves in the international circuit, 'YES MADAM, SIR,' a documentary based on the life of India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has bagged two top awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Produced and directed by Australian film-maker Megan Doneman, the documentary has won the USD 100,000 Best Documentary award and the USD 2500 Fund for Santa Barbara's "Social Justice Award" at the festival.

The award money is the biggest prize for a documentary in any film festival in the US.

The film tracks Bedi's journey in the police force where she made a name for herself by single-handedly standing down a mob of sword-wielding protestors, towing a car belonging to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's cavalcade during 1982 Asian Games, and carrying out reforms when posted at India's largest jail, Tihar in Delhi.

Doneman had travelled sporadically over six years to India to make the documentary which also shows the former supercop at home as a daughter, wife and mother.

On getting the award, an excited Doneman was quoted as saying in a release that "this is not just an Indian story. It is a universal, timeless and inspiring story about standing up for your convictions and never giving up. During today's difficult times, this story gives us all hope".

"I forgot I was watching myself. I started to feel so much for the character travelling through the relentless roller coaster of triumph and frustration, comedy and tragedy," Bedi, who chose Doneman, over several other film-makers to tell her story, said after seeing the 94 minutes documentary, the release added.
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  February 2009

The FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice in Santa Barbara County.

Since 1980, the FUND has given over $3.5 million to more than 700 projects. The FUND also provides technical assistance to more than 200 projects each year.

CONGRATULATIONS to Megan Doneman, winner of the 2009 Social Justice Award for Documentary Film for her film"YES, MADAM SIR"

"YES, MADAM SIR" will be screened again at the Film Festival's THIRD WEEKEND along with "ROAD TO FALLUJAH" and other highlights from the 2009 festival:

DATE: Saturday, February 7th
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Riviera Theatre - 2044 Alameda Padre Serra