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Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass, film director, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Paul Greengrass has directed three Jason Bourne films, starring Matt Damon, Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks in the title role, and the 9/11 film United 93, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He won a Bafta for the film The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, and he wrote and directed the acclaimed Bloody Sunday.

His father was a merchant seaman and his mother a teacher and he grew up in Gravesend in Kent. Expelled from his first secondary school, at his next he made his first film at the age of 16. After learning the craft of documentary-making on World In Action at Granada TV, he turned to making feature films.

In October 2017, Paul will receive the BFI fellowship, the British Film Institute's highest accolade.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Jarre

    Overture from Lawrence of Arabia

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Overture from Lawrence of Arabia.
    • Castle Music.
    • 2.
  • B.B. King

    How Blue Can You Get

    • Live at the Regal 1964.
    • MCA.
    • 4.
  • Kathleen Ferrier

    Blow the Wind Southerly

    • Blow the Wind Southerly.
    • Universal.
    • 1.
  • The Beatles

    I Saw Her Standing There

    • Please Please Me.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Fairport Convention

    Meet On The Ledge

    • What We Did On Our Holidays.
    • Universal.
    • 11.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Papageno/Papagena Duet

    Performer: Gottfried Hornik. Performer: Janet Perry. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Choir: Chorus of the German Opera, Berlin.
    • Deautsche Grammophon.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Bruce Springsteen

      If I Should Fall Behind (Live in Dublin, 2006)

      • Live in Dublin.
      • Columbia.
      • 8.
  • Bob Dylan

    Forever Young

    • Planet Waves.
    • Sony.
    • 6.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    100 Years of Crystal Palace by Nigel Sands

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A guitar and song books

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Paul Greengrass
Producer Cathy Drysdale

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