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Female Filmmaker Friday features Award-winning Director and Producer Diana Keam

Filmmaking is my passion – I find inspiration in the creative process, the people I work with, and the
magical moments we create together on set. It’s a collaborative effort where everyone plays a crucial
role, and the experience of working with a team towards a common goal is endlessly rewarding.
I believe in mixing it up – whether on a personal project or through bringing my creative spirit and
input to every role I take on. I’ve worked behind the scenes as an assistant director and producer, but
I always make sure to carve out time to work on my own short films or personal projects. As a
filmmaker, it’s important to keep pushing boundaries and exploring new ground, while staying true to
one’s vision and values.
Being the first female 1st AD in South Africa was a defining moment in my career. It taught me to
value my unique perspective and not try to emulate men in similar positions. As a filmmaker, I often
choose to feature female characters and explore themes that resonate with women. I believe that by
telling stories that highlight the experiences of underrepresented communities, we can bring about
positive change and inspire others to pursue their dreams.
As an assistant director, I worked on “In my Country,” a film about the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, starring Juliette Binoche, Samuel L. Jackson, and Menzi Mgubane. That experience was
incredibly rewarding and reaffirmed my love for filmmaking. As a director, completing my long-term
personal project “Don’t Be Late for My Funeral,” which releases next year, was a significant
accomplishment. Lastly, as a producer, working on a feature film called “An African Story” in Kenya,
South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana was a highlight of my career.
I had the pleasure of attending the Berlin Film Festival as part of a Swift delegation, which was a
highlight of my journey as a Swiftie. I love that women are finding their voice and place in the
male-dominated industry.
As the release of my personal documentary “Don’t Be Late for My Funeral” approaches, I’m filled
with excitement and anticipation. This film has been a labour of love since I first had the idea in 1994,
and it holds a special place in my heart as a way of honouring my second mother. With Gravelroad on
board to distribute the broadcast hour version, I can’t wait to see how this project will inspire
viewers. As the year draws to a close, I’d like to share some seasonal blessings with you all. May your
break be peaceful and restorative, even if it’s just a day or two.