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Filming Intimacy

Collaboration between a British-Indian writer and a pre-eminent French director led to a sexually charged vision of 21st century London. This is the point of Intimacy

By Hanif Kureishi   February 2001

I am in a screening room somewhere in the suburbs of Paris, waiting for the film of my novel Intimacy to begin. A few months ago, during the shooting, I saw some of the rushes, but I have seen no cut material. Now the film is almost finished, with most of the scenes in their definitive order and a good deal of the music in place. The only missing scene is the final one, where the characters played by Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance meet for the last time.

The French director Patrice Chéreau sits somewhere behind me. There is…

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