Hanif Kureishi(1954-), Writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Kureishi was born in south London to an English mother and a Pakistani father. He rose to prominence with a film about a gay British Pakistani youth in 1980s London, My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) was a phenomenal success, it received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and won the New York Critics' Best Screenplay Award (1987). Sammy and Rosie Get Laid followed (1988) and his novel, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) was later adapted for television. Kureishi's writing often focuses on sub-cultures within British society, exploring topical themes such as indentity and integration and highlighting sometimes controversial issues surrounding race, class and sexuality. He published Nothing in 2017.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below