The BBC has just posted a fascinating new documentary on Salman Rushdie’s life in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini condemned him to death in 1989 for writing The Satanic Verses. Includes interviews with Ian McEwan and Hanif Kureshi.
UK, 1985 Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey
The marginalised cultures of Thatcher’s Britain are the subject of this great film from Stephen Frears (Prick Up Your Ears) and writer Hanif Kureishi (“The Buddha Of Suburbia”, “The Black Album”). My Beautiful Laundrette also presented the star-birth of Daniel Day Lewis, who won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his performances here and in A Room With A View.