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David Bailey; Hanif Kureishi; Isabella Rossellini

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 February 2014

With Kirsty Lang

David Bailey is one of the best known British photographers. He is perhaps most celebrated for his distinctive 1960s portraits but he has also worked in fashion, music and documentary in a career that has spanned five decades. A new exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery, Bailey's Stardust, explores Bailey's diverse work from photographs taken in the East End in the 1960s, a self-portrait with Salvador Dali, to a series taken in the Naga Hills in Southern India. Charlotte Mullins reviews.

Hanif Kureishi, celebrated for both his novels and screenplays, speaks to Kirsty about his latest book The Last Word. It follows the relationship between an elderly writer and his young biographer, who is commissioned to tell the story of the former's life. Having just sold his own diaries and manuscripts to the British museum, Kureishi talks about the complexities of looking back on one's life, collaborating on his latest film Le Weekend, and whether this new novel will indeed be his own last word.

Mark Eccleston reviews The Patrol, the first British feature film about the war in Afghanistan, written and directed by ex-Army officer Tom Petch.

Actress and model Isabella Rossellini is best known for films such as Blue Velvet but she is now writing, staring and directing a series of award winning short films, about the sex lives of insects and marine animals. The success of these films has led to the "Green Porno" stage show. Rossellini discusses the show, becoming a student again and how her admiration for David Attenborough affected her work.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

  • David Bailey

    Main image: David Bailey and Salvador Dali in 1972

    Bailey's Stardust, an exhibition that includes a variety of photographer David Bailey’s photographs from a career spanning more than half a century, is at the National Portrait Gallery in London from Thursday 6 February until 1 June 2014. 

    Gallery: Bailey's Stardust
  • Hanif Kureishi

    The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi is out now in hardback, paperback and e-book published by Faber & Faber. 
  • Isabella Rossellini

    Green Porno, a show about the sexuality of insects, is performed by actress Isabella Rossellini and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière this Sunday 9 February 2014, for one night, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
  • The Patrol

    The Patrol is in cinemas in key UK cities from this Friday 7 February 2014, certificate 15. 

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest
Hanif Kureishi
Interviewed Guest
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest
Isabella Rossellini
Producer
Claire Bartleet

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