Do you love me? Yes, he said, and then...

A colourful musical journey into the narrative of a woman's tangled past, with magical glimpses of her present world and hopes for a liberated future.


Made in 2007, Yalda is part of The City Speaks, an innovative collaborative project developed by Film London Artists' Moving Image Network and BBC Radio Drama. Artist film-makers and writers, collaborating with acclaimed author Peter Ackroyd, composer David Pickvance and specialist sound engineers, were commissioned to create 2 x 45 minute collaborative audio visual artworks to form a centre-piece of the BBC Radio 4 season in 2008, celebrating London as a cosmopolitan city.



Duration: 00:15:02 (Single film version)

Language: English

Country of Production: UK

Production Format: DVCPro50

Viewing Copy: DVD/VHS Pal

Screening/Exhibition Format: DigiBeta Pal

Versions: Segment of Portmanteau feature film


Single film version

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Picture: Colour

Sound: 5.1 Stereo


Screenings & Broadcasts

25Th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival

Germany, 11-16/11/08

Reykjavik International Film Festival

Iceland 01-05/10/08 Nominated For The Golden Egg Award

Harvestworks Video Art Festival

New York, 24-26/09/08

Canary Wharf Film Festival

London, 31/08/08

Cinema Jove 23rd International Film Festival

Valencia, 21-28/06/08

Moves 08 RNCM

Manchester, 26/04/08

East End Film Festival

London, 22/04/08

BBC Radio 4

92-95Fm & 198Lw, 19-20/03/08, 14:15

BFI Southbank

Nft1, London, 10/03/08, 18:30


Director & Producer: Esther Johnson

Writer: Mehrdad Seyf

Composer: David Pickvance

Director of Photography: Lynda Hall

Editing: Sue Giovanni & Esther Johnson

Audio Production BBC: Sam Hoyle & Peter Ringrose

Executive Producer for BBC Radio Drama: Alison Hindell

Producer for BBC Radio Drama: Conor Lennon

Film London Head of Production: Maggie Elllis

Film London Producer The City Speaks: Roz Mortimer

Inspired by: an original Story by Peter Ackroyd


Film Players:

Yalda Erin Brodie

Gentleman in Park: Clem Elton

Synchronised Swimming Troupe: Aquabatix


Audio Players

Yalda Adjoa Andoh

Paul/Anaesthetist: Nitin Ganantra

Surgeon: Simon Treves

Woman in Church/Nurse: Liza Sadovy



Funded by BBC Drama, Film London.