The Green Knight

Green Knight adventures

Anyone who follows me on social media will have noticed the odd story or post about the movie “The Green Knight. ” An epic medieval fantasy shot on location in Ireland, written and directed by David Lowery. The lead role is played by Dev Patel who, if I may say, is as handsome in real life as he is on film and, oh so tall!

How do I know that Dev Patel is so tall? The story starts around the beginning of September 2019, when my phone literally started buzzing and wouldn’t stop. I was like…what the…??? My friends and my business network were messaging me. Apparently, there was a call out for an Indian female calligrapher based in Ireland. (Are you laughing?) I was…I was like, This has to be a prank! A very elaborate one, but a prank nonetheless.

That was until my lovely friend, Danielle Serpico messaged and said that her partner Alan was part of the production of the movie and yes, it was true that I was like, “Oh, I see.” I realised that it wasn’t some elaborate joke, but it was for real. I’m sure the look on my face was a picture.

The adventure began…

I sent off a couple of emails responding to the call out. Within minutes, my phone started ringing. It was like a little bit of a whirlwind. Talking to this person, then that person. Until I finally spoke with a lovely guy named Stephen, part of the production team, and the whole thing started to feel really real.

It turned out that they wanted an adult Indian female calligrapher as a hand double for a scene with Sarita Choudary, who plays Sir Gawain’s mother. But first, they had to make sure that my skin tone matched Sarita’s. As luck would have it, mine did.

Once all the arrangements were in place, I knew that I’d be travelling to Tullamore to be a hand double in an actual movie. I called my bestie Lucille to ask her if she’d like to come on a road trip? To which she said, “Yes!” And away we went on our road trip to County Offaly. We had no idea what was waiting for us.

It was surreal, driving towards Charleville Castle and arriving at the grounds. If you have never been to Charleville Castle, go; it’s amazing!

I was taken aback by the number of trailers (so many!) The crew and cast milled around the place and the smell of food from the catering truck. Yum! Grabbing a cuppa, I stood around for a bit, taking the whole thing in. It was a long wait until I was called. But I did have my own trailer!

The set was amazing!

It was an incredibly tight squeeze; thank God I was off my crutches and could bend my knee.  It was like being in a really tiny, weeny tent with just enough room for your hand to fit. which, in fairness, is all that was needed.

It was nerve-racking having to literally do novice-type calligraphy with a bamboo pen and all the crew watching me. It was hard not to feel that blush of shyness. I started to use the bamboo pen. It felt like forever, but I know it must have been only a few minutes and I was done.

Then a patient wait until the film was released. Which was earlier this year and well, folks, I’ve got 10 seconds of fame (well, my hand does). Here’s the clip!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my little adventure. And, as always, if you would like me to inscribe your wedding invitations or create an everlasting gift, send me an email and let’s get started.