Saffron Burrows, star of “The Bank Job,” out on March 7
Last book I bought:
“Divisadero” by Michael Ondaatje and “News From Nowhere” by William Morris.
Book I’m reading:
“A Man Without A Country” by Kurt Vonnegut
Total number of books I own:
I have never counted, but they have taken over my home in England so am having to move house.
Three books that mean a lot to me:
“And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, because I read all of Angelou’s work at school, wrote a thesis on her and carried her with me as a heroine.
W.B. Yeats’ complete works,.
The UK childrens poet laureate Michael Rosen, as I would read him as a child. He co-edited a book on the history of dissent that I am very fond of.
Last film I saw:
The French film “The Beat My Heart Skipped,” directed by Jacques Audiard, on DVD. A wonderful, clever and illuminating story.
Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Julia,” directed by Fred Zinnemann, which made me, like so many others, want to join the land of celluloid, but more importantly, urged me, aged 6, to aspire to the kind of bravery of the characters beheld in the film, so exquisitely played by Redgrave and Fonda.
“Silkwood,” directed by Mike Nichols, as I remain dazzled by the simple beauty of the story, watching it repeatedly over the years, and of course, a Streep that bowls you over, and Nichols’ deft, light direction, with every supporting cast member also as powerfully present as the story demands.
“Cathy Come Home,” directed by Ken Loach. A terrible tale of a mother who has fallen through society’s cracks, which I watched on television as a child and felt the very young need to rise to something that the film demanded.
Last CD I bought:
It was actually “Deja Vu,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. One of the actors I’m working with plays great albums such as this, that, strangely, I’ve missed over the years, and I immediately move to track them down.
Song currently playing:
I really like Toumani Diabate and the late Ali Farka Toure, on their duet album “In The Heart Of The Moon” and, of course “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol
Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“Love and Affection,” Joan Armatrading
“Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” Bob Dylan
“Mr. Bojangles,” Nina Simone
Favorite Drink (alcoholic or not):
I would have to say it is Disability Equality in Education, as it is a small brave charity, working internationally towards the integration of disabled children into mainstream schooling. Sadly, and perhaps surprisingly, Britain is far behind the States, Canada and India on this issue, as well as large parts of Africa. One in eight in society are disabled, and it is clear to me that all children should be raised together, in order that we have a world for our futures that is remotely caring and inclusive.
Italy, as a child.
Currently, dinners and discourse, and talking late into the night.
Five people whom I’d like to see answer this survey:
Gore Vidal, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tony Benn (the British politician, interviewed in Sicko) Segolene Royal, and W.B. Yeats