When you meet the person - as in THE person that stands central to the story you're telling as a filmmaker - it's always incredibly special. You spend your days, weeks, months, sometimes years researching everything about the story you're telling, and somehow all of that is validated once you meet the person in real life. Words take shape and become a real living person. Nothing beats that feeling.
So when I met oom Mervyn, it was a really noteworthy moment. No longer a person on a yellowed history page, here he was shaking my hand. And he was just as I imagined him to be. The cautious, caring, soft spoken elder brother I found in between the lines of the screenplay....
I met a legend. And I feel privileged to be the one telling his story.