Front Row - Rupert Everett, novelist Deborah Levy, and Big Boys Go Bananas!*
Actor Rupert Everett on his new memoir Vanished Years, writer Deborah Levy on her short story Black Vodka, and film-maker Fredrik Gertten on his documentary Big Boys Go Bananas!*.
With Kirsty Lang.
The actor Rupert Everett is just about to publish a second memoir, Vanished Years, in which he describes what he sees as a precarious career in film and theatre since his early success in Another Country. He reflects on how Noel Coward inspired the book's title, and reveals his plan to direct a film about the last weeks of Oscar Wilde's life.
2012 Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy is also on the shortlist for this year's BBC International Short Story Award. She discusses her story Black Vodka, to be broadcast on Radio 4 tomorrow, read by Rory Kinnear.
Swedish film-maker Fredrik Gertten fell foul of the fruit company Dole when he made his 2009 documentary Bananas!*, about a lawsuit filed against the company for using banned pesticides. Dole responded with a lawsuit against Gertten in an attempt to get him to withdraw the film. His new documentary Big Boys Go Bananas!* charts the David and Goliath battle between the independent film-maker and the fruit giant.
Producer Jerome Weatherald.