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.
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.