In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on Friday 2nd June, Gavin Esler spoke to English actor turned director Richard E Grant about his new autobiographical film, Wah Wah.
Richard E Grant admits that most actors don't make good writers
In his breakthrough film role, Richard E Grant played a struggling, alcoholic actor in the cult classic Withnail and I.
This resulted in a stint in Hollywood, which left him disillusioned, but armed with compelling material for his notorious film diaries.
Now he has written and directed Wah-Wah - an autobiographical film about his mother's adultery, his father's alcoholism, and his childhood in end of empire Swaziland.
In a candid interview, he tells Gavin Esler about the ordeals he went through committing his traumatic early life to film.
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