On Friday, I am going to the funeral of Antonia Bird who died of cancer last week. Antonia was a great British stage, film and TV director, making several riveting Hollywood movies. But more important, she was an exciting and class conscious director of both fiction and non-fiction drama. Here are some obituaries.
And Antonia was a committed socialist, something omitted from most accounts of her life, and yet central to her motivations.
She made several great movies, but the one I Iiked a lot was Hamburg Cell, the best account and explanation of the motives and actions of the 9/11 bombers.
I was honoured to have been her friend, along with husband Ian, and comrade.
Bye , bye, Bird.