Saturday, November 19, 2011

Eva Monley, Hollywood's Expert on Africa, Dies at 88
Production manager, Location Scout and Producer worked on such films as “The African Queen,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “A Far Off Place.”

Eva was fellow Producer and my mentor in the art and business of filmmaking. She shared her incredible history with me, advised, chastised and even on the London streets, wore odd colored flipflops. Because of Eva, we filmed on location in Zimbabwe, and...because of Eva learned to carry on in the ever frustrating film industry which has led us now to the film project,"21 ALDGATE".

While I needed to be in London on pre-production of the film "JOURNEY FROM THE JACARANDAS", Eva tossed me the keys to her flat ( just steps away from what she dubbed "the Grocery Store" HARROD'S ) where I stayed until, from that "posh" setting,
weeks later, we were on location along the red dusty roads of Bulawayo, shooting the film amid the Balancing Rocks of the Matopas and in the site of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
MaryAnn Amato

"Eva taught us all we would ever need to know about the film industry. We will be forever indebted to her. Our film "Journey from the Jacarandas", will be reborn in her memory."
Patricia Friedberg

1 comment:

  1. Eva Monley also had a producer's credit on Bruce Beresford's 1991 film Mr. Johnson starring Pierce Brosnan. Filmed on location in a Hausa-speaking area of northern Nigeria,it is the story of a British bureaucrat's struggle during the colonial era to simply build a road and his interaction with the locals, especially a tragic "Mr. Johnson." This amazing film is inexpensively available at