Thanks for the research, Mike. I've tried emailing MEFA, too, but
haven't ever gotten a response for some reason. So, it does look
like 1976? Can you think of any reason someone would have entered
this in the IMDB as 1992? I don't want to hijack someone else's
movie by changing the date on this, but how many films are there
with this title? If it's Pete's movie, I'd like for the entry to be
> I sent an email a couple of days ago to the MEFA site at
[this is what Oceanic has become].
> I wrote: "Do you have an approximate release date for Delia on
> I got this reply:
> "Not at this moment Im afraid Mike. We have a phenomenal backlog
of conservation work to get through before we can get to DELIA and
it is taking much longer than expected because we are very short
staffed since Easter.
> Can you tell me what country you are in and whether you are Who or
Baba fan so to speak?
> Tonight I did some googling and found some very relevant stuff at:
> Amazing Journey: The Life Of Pete Townshend website by Mark
Wilkerson [ http://www.townshendbio.com/Chap%207.htm#_ftnref8
> "Meher Baba Oceanic was opened on July 3, 1976 with ten days of
music, drama, films, and food," Delia DeLeon recalled in 1991. Adi
Irani, Baba's secretary and a disciple, attended the opening, and
Mehera, Baba's leading female disciple, gave her blessing to the
proceedings. "She sent a beautiful pink silk coat once worn by
Meher Baba which became the centerpiece of a small collection of
precious artifacts that were touched, used or worn by the Master,"
Pete wrote in a web posting in July 2001.
> Everything began well, and I greatly enjoyed being a part of the
constant ebb and flow of international visitors. I also enjoyed
hosting musical concerts, plays and film shows as well as the more
usual talks and devotional gatherings. I produced a dozen small
films related to Meher Baba, and even directed one myself Delia.
From 1976 until the middle of 1979 I was (blessed by all but self-
appointed) very much in the forefront of all activity in the U.K.
surrounding Meher Baba.
> All of the films shown at the opening of Oceanic had been
sponsored by Pete and produced at Oceanic. They included The
East/West Gathering and O, Parvardigar, both of which are still
available through Sheriar Press. "Pete loves Baba deeply and in my
view his greatest achievement is probably his beautiful setting of
The Master's Prayer to music and later the production of the film O,
Parvardigar, with this as the sound track," Delia DeLeon wrote in
1991. "This film is most important as it shows Baba at different
stages of His life, with the lepers, masts, at darshan programs, and
with His devotees in different parts of the world." The film about
Delia DeLeon which Pete and John Annunziato had been working on was
also shown during the opening of Oceanic. "
Pete promised me
the `Delia" film would be shown," DeLeon recalled. "With so much to
do, this meant he and John had to work sometimes all night to get it
finished." Townshend wrote, directed and narrated the piece.
> So "Delia" was made in 1976 as were others Pete produced and
supplied music to like "The God-Man", "O, Parvardigar" and "The East-
West Gathering". I'm wondering what are the dates for "Meher Baba
In Italy" and "Fred" which both include music by Billy as
does "Delia". Are these films going to be released as a future part
of the Archive Collection? [I've just sent another email inquiring
about those as well as some other Baba films]. And...are there any
other films with Billy Nicholls music in them?
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