This rich story of Jillian’s life vividly illustrates how and why she, inspires everyone she meets. She is a woman of deep compassion and, upon learning about her, people can only begin to think more like her.
With over 100,000 online references, both her memoir and Jillian herself have featured heavily in the media. This includes TV interviews in the UK (ITV, BBC and Channel 5) and in India, and in the major press in both countries, including The Telegraph, The Independent and The Times.
Jillian has been honoured with numerous awards, the first being in 2012, when she received the first runner up award for The Asian Woman of the Year in the Social and Humanitarian category. In April 2015, The Telegraph of Calcutta presented Jillian with a True Legend Award for her exceptional contribution to social and humanitarian causes. In July of 2015 she was presented with the Star Recognition Award in recognition of delivering numerous speeches across the UK’s educational institutes, and in December 2016, she received an award for Excellence in Humanitarianism. In 2017, she received her greatest accolade, the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award.
Huw Penallt-Jones has thirty years’ experience in the film and television industries, initially in production, then as a cost controller for network drama at the BBC, before becoming a Production Finance Executive for BBC films. In 1996 he joined Film Finances as a Production Executive, before becoming Head of Production in 1998. Involved in the completion and delivery of around 100 films, Huw’s list of producer credits includes Interlude in Prague, Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity (Co-Producer), Patagonia, The Edge of Love, and Cold Mountain (Executive Producer)
After directing several award-winning short films, Jack Sholder directed ‘Alone in the Dark’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street II’ and ‘The Hidden’, which won many prestigious awards.
This was followed by ‘Renegades’ and ‘By Dawn's Early Light’. He has also directed numerous TV movies including ‘Beeper’, a thriller that was shot in India. He has also won an Emmy Award for his editing.
“Jillian Haslam’s improbable journey growing up in Calcutta is enormously compelling—a story almost too dramatic and improbable to believe, like something out of Dickens, yet true. It’s a story that has the power to move, with an epic sweep, yet it is intensely personal. It has something to say about the human condition that can cross borders, both physical and emotional, as Jillian has done. Her inspirational tale of determination to not just survive but to flourish against all odds is tailor-made for the cinema, and I cannot think of a more worthy project to make happen.” ”Jack Sholder, Director Indian.English.
Joshua Russell is a filmmaker and academic. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Variety Magazine. He has sold and optioned multiple screenplays, won “Best Producer” at St. Tropez in France, and “Best Picture” at Sunscreen in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is also a co-author of the popular broad-audience science fiction book series Universe Eventual. Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting and the Film & Television Program Director at Western Carolina University outside of Asheville, North Carolina.