Fifty years ago, a young director named Roman Polanski made his first complete film a two-minute student exercise which he called Murder. In the half-century since, Polanski has become an iconic figure, widely admired for his mordant, sexually-charged films and yet derided as in his own words an evil, profligate dwarf . In January 1978, facing a lengthy jail sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski fled the United States and flew to France, where he was a naturalized citizen. Thirty years later, he remains in exile- a much-revered filmmaker and a criminal fugitive never, for a single day , US authorities have said, free of the dread of arrest .
Christopher Sandford has reviewed and written about film and music for over twenty years. A regular contributor to titles on both sides of the Atlantic, himself profiled in Rolling Stone magazine, he's published acclaimed biographies of Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Steve McQueen. His bestselling life of Kurt Cobain is currently in development as a feature film. A dual national, Christopher Sandford divides his time between Seattle, Surrey and Lord's cricket ground. He's married, with one son.