FAVOURITE THINGS

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Diego Bunuel is the man be­hind new SBS 2 doc­u­men­tary Don’t Tell My Mother, which fol­lows the former for­eign cor­re­spon­dent as he trav­els to some of the world’s most trou­ble­some places, look­ing be­yond the head­lines to re­veal the rich cul­tures and the true in­ter­ests of the peo­ple. TV Guide caught up with the pre­sen­ter to find out about his favourite things away from the cam­era.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Movie: The Good, The Bad And The

Ugly ranks in the top be­cause of Ser­gio Leone’s use of the cam­era and En­nio Mor­ri­cone’s mu­sic.

Book: Any­thing by Ge­orge Or­well, Louis-Fer­di­nand Ce­line or Mikhail Bul­gakov. Th­ese are very dif­fer­ent kinds of writ­ers, how­ever they are all peo­ple who de­nounce the in­jus­tices and hypocrisy of the world in which we live in.

TV show: Dex­ter, Break­ing Bad and Sons Of Anar­chy all have a great nar­ra­tive and strong sto­ries tied around strong characters. That is what I try to do in my doc­u­men­taries. Band or singer: Michael Jack­son, Jacques Brel or Pink Floyd. Each of th­ese artists tell sto­ries with their songs. Al­bum: Le­gend by Bob Mar­ley. It was the first al­bum that my Mum ever bought me when CDs were in­vented. Karaoke song: It’s The Fi­nal Count­down. Europe’s clas­sic is ac­tu­ally the only song I can re­mem­ber lyrics for. Gad­get: iPad mini be­cause it has all I need for long de­lays at air­ports, and noise-can­celling head­phones. LIFE­STYLE Hol­i­day spot: South­ern Cor­sica in France, es­pe­cially Boni­fa­cio. Thing to do on the week­end: Go to the movies. Place to go to re­lax: Ski­ing in the Alps. It’s just quiet. Weather changes all the time and the snow muf­fles the sound. Hobby: Pho­tog­ra­phy. I love tak­ing pic­tures. It’s a real ex­er­cise for your mind and your eye. Sport to fol­low or play: I love box­ing, and I fol­low the ten­nis. Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion topics: Sex and re­la­tion­ships – where true drama oc­curs and ev­ery­one can re­late to it.

HOME Room in your house: My home cin­ema. Now that I have kids, I can’t go to the movies so of­ten so I en­joy it in my house. Place to hide from ev­ery­one: My home of­fice. I can look at the world through my 27-inch screen with­out hav­ing to board a plane. Art piece: Liu Bolin pho­to­graphs. His work as a dis­si­dent artist in China is re­mark­able, and I love all the shots where he dis­ap­pears in the en­vi­ron­ment. Item you can’t live with­out: Sugar or choco­late. I am a big fan of all things choco­late, although now I really try to shop with­out any­thing con­tain­ing palm oil. Lux­ury prod­uct: IWC watches. Quite frankly, they are the most ex­cit­ing pieces to put on your wrists. FOOD Meal of all time: One of my best meals I ever had was in Chang Mai, north­ern Thai­land. Dish to cook: Lemon and white wine chicken with grenaille gar­lic pota­toes. Fam­ily recipe: My grand­mother’s tarte tatin. She was from Lille in north­ern France and made the most per­fect tatin ever. In­gre­di­ent: Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily loves gar­lic and now my wife, who is Korean, is also a big gar­lic eater. We end up us­ing a lot of mouth­wash. Guilty plea­sure: Ba­nana split. So of­ten im­prop­erly pre­pared but when it’s well done it’s heaven. Bar: Sig­na­ture Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Han­cock build­ing in Chicago. When I was a stu­dent at North­west­ern Univer­sity I would go there and dream of be­ing an adult. Restau­rant: L’Ate­lier de Joel Robu­chon in Paris. Best food in Paris. Cafe: At the Ho­tel Na­cional de Cuba in Ha­vana over­look­ing The Male­con es­planade and en­joy­ing the sun­set.

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