At 89 James Ivory Proves There Is A First Time For Everything His Screenplay ‘Call Me By Your Name’

James Ivory was a talent and I knew I wanted to back his films a means of redeeming my soul having made a small fortune working for an arms dealer and so I had penned a deal that was signed by James Ivory and myself at the St. James’s Club in London. 


Soon after signing the deal at the Festival of Festivals ( now known as Toronto International Film Festival ), I would walk into the Four Seasons Hotel and go up the hotel suite occupied by David Putnam who would tell me, “Tim I would bring you into Colombia Pictures with this deal but they are probably firing me as we speak” .   The studio fired Putnam that week.  However Putnam did impart to me  the importance of making quality films rather than blockbusters, quality with always stand the test of time he told me.


James Ivory has never in his life written a screenplay that he has not directed until now with “Call Me By Your Name” a movie of coming of age love which transcends mere words, with two revelatiory performances  with a Golden Globe and SAG Awards nomination for Timothée Chalamet as Elio.

For me working with Ivory was such a calm time as opposed to the man he would later marry Ismail Merchant.  During the time of the editing of the film “Maurice” after a screening Ismail Merchant walked into the offices on Broadway and started going off on Ivory, “You just must cut that scene people are snickering and it is distracting you from the film itself”.  The scene Merchant was referring to was when James Wilby and Hugh Hudson jump into bed together.  Ivory during this long-winded dressing down by Merchant remained calm as cool hand Luke and said nothing.  I would later show the film in Toronto and the scene remained in the film.

Ivory always thought that Americans have such a hang-up seeing naked men and in his screenplay “Call Me By Your Name”, there is a lot of nudity but both the actors in the film had it in their contracts , ‘no frontal nudity’, something Ivory has trouble understanding since no one cares about women frontal nudity so why men.



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Sir Richard Branson hits the waves with President Obama I recall my best Branson experience

Live, learn, laugh and take chances – Sandra Jane


I was working for Timothy Khan which was probably one of the most fun, exciting and totally unpredictable jobs I have ever had.

Having said that I learned more in those years than I did during my entire formal education. It was truly confidence building experience that gave me the ability to work out of the box for which I am most grateful. constantly being thrown into the unknown, learning how to stay above water and truly loving my challenges. For an inexperienced British girl from a sheltered background it was a blessing.

After all these years we still laugh at the time Sir Richard Branson called the office, announced himself, I laughed and said “yes and I am the Queen of England”.  Sir Branson burst into a belly laugh, announced himself again and I realized it really was him.  I giggled, apologized and connected the call.

What prompted the call is what truly still today this day impresses me and I can fully understand why President Obama would enjoy the company of Sir Branson. 170207-richard-branson-barack-obama-1105a_79a49398d7bd554a187eec4b0b103886.nbcnews-fp-360-360

Timothy was trying to get to an Indy Car race from London to Mexico City for a driver he was sponsoring Ryan Hunter-Reay.  While there was a direct British Airways flight he choose to take Virgin Atlantic giving him few hours in Los Angeles for quick meetings at the airport and catching a connection to Mexico City.

Upon boarding his flight in a sold out Upper Class he realized his seat did not recline, imagine London to Los Angles and your Upper Class seat won’t recline.  Things did not get better only worse, as when it was time to dine the table was also broken. Now if you know Timothy then you will know this simply was not going to do.

When Timothy finally arrived at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City he asked the front desk for a their letterhead and wrote a hand written note to Sir Branson.  The response was swift.

When Timothy did take the call, Sir Branson’s opening line was “oops”, and offered a round trip Upper Class seat on his next trip. To live, learn, laugh and take chances that is truly Sir Branson.

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By: Sandra Jane

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A yacht I had a lot of fun on which would become Donald Trump’s TRUMP PRINCESS and Now Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s KINGDOM 5KR

At the time of this filming the yacht I had a lot of fun on belonged to my business associate Saudi Billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, and was known as Nabila.

During its days as Nabila, it was featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again, in which it was seen as Flying Saucer (translated from Italian Disco Volante in the source novel, Thunderball), the villain’s superyacht mobile HQ. It was also the inspiration for a track, “Khashoggi’s Ship”, on the 1989 album by rock band Queen, The Miracle.

Donald Trump bought the yacht for $29 million. After a refit, Trump renamed it Trump Princess.

Trump sold it when he ran into financial problems in 1991 to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal for $20 million.

The yacht’s latest name stems from the Prince’s investment company, Kingdom Holding Company, his lucky number (5), and his children’s initials (‘K’ and ‘R’).

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