Vanessa Redgrave, Tariq Ali and others marching against the Vietnam War, London, 1968
In the late 1960s, BBC broadcasting legend Bernard Braden conducted more than 350 interviews with the most famous politicians, entertainers, business leaders and sports stars of the 1960s. These interviews were shot on 16mm film and ¼-inch tape and featured Braden (or his wife Barbara Kelly) speaking with the likes of Sean Connery, Quentin Crisp, Caroline Coon, Hayley Mills, Peter Cook, Enoch Powell, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr, Ronnie Scott, Quincy Jones, Davey Jones, Spike Milligan, Lulu, Cilla Black and Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave.
Bradens’ notion was to interview these people every three years to see how their lives and careers progressed for a series called Now and Then (kind of like Michael Apted’s celebrated Seven Up! documentaries, but with famous faces). Braden’s project was never realized and his archive of interviews was donated to the BFI. In 2008 Braden’s interviews (and his concept) were revived for a three-part Five network program called Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The 60s Revealed where some of the participants during the 60s were interviewed again.
In the clip below, a simply breathtaking young Vanessa Redgrave discusses her outspoken political activism and then looks back on her younger self from the vantage point of four decades later.