There's London and then there is Richard Curtis' London. The 62-year-old film-maker has spun the city into a cosy, romantic oasis in back-to-back cinematic hits — from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill to Love Actually. His latest film is Yesterday, a comedy about the enduring power of the Beatles.

Curtis was born in Wellington and moved to England when he was 11. He credits his outsider perspective for the snow globe version of London that he portrays in films. "I think in some ways it allows you to relish the place you've arrived in," he said. "I'm

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