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Born: December 5, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bromley, England, GB Profession: playwright, screenwriter, director, essayist, stage manager, scene shifter, novelist, box-office clerk, usher

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Perhaps more than any other British filmmaker, Hanif Kureishi startled the world with the grim but colorful realities of urban life for the youth culture in Thatcherite England. Born in Bromley, a London suburb, to a Pakistani father and a white English mother, he was the only Asian in his school. Called "Pakistani Pete" by a teacher and spat upon and beaten by classmates he had known since childhood, Kureishi had firsthand experience of the rising tide of prejudice and racial animosity expressed by white working-class Britons in the late 1960s and early 70s. Much of his subsequent work as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist would ponder the complexities of being both Black and British.

Perhaps more than any other British filmmaker, Hanif Kureishi startled the world with the grim but colorful realities of urban life for the youth culture in Thatcherite England. Born in Bromley, a London suburb, to a Pakistani father and a white English mother, he was the only Asian in his school. Called "Pakistani Pete" by a teacher and spat upon and beaten by classmates he had known since childhood, Kureishi had firsthand experience of the rising tide of prejudice and racial animosity expressed by white working-class Britons in the late 1960s and early 70s. Much of his subsequent work as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist would ponder the complexities of being both Black and British.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  London Kills Me (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Black and White in Color (1992) Himself
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Born and raised in Bromley, a London suburb
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Was the only Asian in his school
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Wrote four unpublished novels as a teen
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Began an apprenticeship in London theatres
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Worked as usher at Royal Court Theatre, London
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Wrote pornographic magazine fiction under the pseudonym Antonia French
1975:
At 18 had play produced at Royal Court Theatre
1980:
Had his first full-length play, "The Mother Country", produced
1980:
Wrote a radio play entitled "You Can't Go Home"
1981:
Became writer-in-residence at Royal Court Theatre
1981:
Had his second play, "Borderline", produced by the Royal Court
1982:
Wrote a radio adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial"
1984:
Adapted Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children" for the Royal Shakespeare Company
1985:
Wrote somewhat autobiographical screenplay for "My Beautiful Laundrette" while visiting relatives in Karachi, Pakistan
1991:
Began directing first film (also writer), "London Kills Me"
1999:
Wrote script for "My Son the Fanatic"
1999:
First produced play in 15 years "Sleep With Me"
2003:
Wrote "The Mother," which was adapted into a movie by Roger Michell
2006:
Once again worked with Roger Michell who adapted "Venus" into a feature that starred Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips
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Education

King's College, University of Cambridge: -

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wife:
Tracey Scoffield. Book editor. Mother of Kureishi's twin sons; Kureishi left her for another woman.
companion:
Monique Proudlove. Mother of Kureishi's younger son.

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father:
Rafiushan Kureishi. Clerk, part-time political journalist. Pakistani; moved to London in 1947 to attend college; worked as a civil servant at the Pakastani embassy in London for 35 years.
mother:
Audrey Kureishi. English.
sister:
Yasmin Kureishi.
son:
Kier Kureishi. Born c. 1998; mother, Monique Proudlove.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Borderline" Methuen
"Birds of Passage" Amber Lane Press
"Outskirts" Riverrun
"My Beautiful Laundrette" Faber and Faber
"Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" Penguin
"The Buddah of Suburbia" Viking
"The Black Album"
"Faber Book of Pop" Faber and Faber
"Love in a Blue Time" Scribner
"Intimacy" Faber and Faber
"Midnight All Day" Faber and Faber
"Gabriel's Gift"
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