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Kureishi, Hanif (1954-)

Director, Writer, Author

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Influential purveyor of Anglo-Asian relationships in evocatively created London settings, Hanif Kureishi, Bromley-born of Pakistani descent, came first to notice as the author of the screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette (d. Stephen Frears, 1985), with its unusually subtle rendering of sex, race and class issues. It received an Oscar nomination and won the New York Critics' Award for best screenplay.

Some of these preoccupations recurred in the generational and other conflicts of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (d. Stephen Frears, 1987) and the richly detailed dramas of interracial life in the TV miniseries, The Buddha of Suburbia (BBC, 1993), which he adapted from his own novel, as he did the screenplays for My Son the Fanatic (UK/France, d. Udayan Prasad, 1997) and Intimacy (UK/France, d. Patrice Chéreau, 2001). The latter was so sexually explicit that, it is said, he had to seek production in France.

He both directed and wrote the critically panned London Kills Me (1991), another study of youthful London lives.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Cinema

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Isaac Julien short about the gay fantasies of a museum attendant

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Surprise box-office hit about a gay Pakistani/National Front romance

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The son of a Westernised Pakistani cab driver is drawn towards radical Islam

Thumbnail image of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Controversial drama about racial and generational division in London

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Hanif Kureishi's ambitious Anglo-Asian rights-of-passage drama

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