World Premiere in London
Last night was the world premiere of The Last Ring Home at the beautiful Queens Club in West London. With many tennis courts around, there was the echo with my grandfather's favourite sport and also the painful reminder of the tennis court in Olongapo (PI) on which he was forced to sit for 6 hot days and 6 cold nights December 15-21, 1944, a couple of weeks before dying.
The premiere night was attended by nearly 100 people who came in from four countries, including the US, Holland, France and Spain, and the four corners of Britain. One of the main highlights was the moving speech by Mr Aarnout Loudon, former Dutch senator and former Chairman of Akzo-Nobel and ABN-AMRO, who was himself a prisoner of the Japanese in WWII and whose father was also killed in a hellship.
I was ever so thankful to be accompanied by my closest family and many wonderful friends from the many stages of my life. My editor and co-producer, Eastwood Allen, came down (and we actually met for the first time!). It was a magical night.