Federico Garcia Lorca, born in 1898, was a Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director. His last play, The House of Bernarda Alba, completed two months before he was executed at the outbreak of the Spanish civil war, is due to be performed at the Fringe Club daily from Wednesday to Saturday. In 2009, Spanish-British film Little Ashes depicted the complex friendship in the 1920s between Lorca and his artistic rivals – surrealist painter Salvador Dali, for whom Lorca had a doomed love, and filmmaker Luis Bunuel, played by Matthew McNulty …

Born in Manchester, England, as Michael McNulty, he changed his name to join the Equity actors’ union, as it already had a member registered under that name. In 2011, the married father-of-two revealed his dislike of onscreen intimacy: “I’m actually shy and lacking in confidence,” he told the Daily Mail newspaper. “It’s always awkward doing love scenes.” In 2007, McNulty played Debbie Curtis’ boyfriend, Nick Jackson, in Control, the biopic of Ian Curtis …

The lead singer and lyricist of post-punk band Joy Division, Curtis once interviewed, unwittingly, to be a male gigolo for old ladies – he had answered a vague advert seeking young men, in a London newspaper. The Macclesfield-born musician, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, committed suicide on May 18, 1980, on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour. Before Control, his life had been dramatised in the 2002 movie 24 Hour Party People, shot by cinematographer Robby Muller …

Born in 1940 in the Dutch Antilles, Muller didn’t see his ancestral homeland, Holland, until he was 13 years old. Although never a household name, he won critical acclaim for indie hits such as Paris, Texas and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Muller started his career, by working on a series of shorts with Wim Wenders …

The celebrated German filmmaker studied medicine and philosophy, and briefly worked as a painter and engraver before making films. Rendered infertile by a childhood illness, Wenders has been married five times. In 2004, he directed the post-9/11 drama Land of Plenty, starring Michelle Williams and John Diehl. The film title was inspired by a song of the same name by Leonard Cohen …

Called “the poet laureate of pessimism”, “the grocer of despair” and “the prince of bummers”, the Canadian singer once told Bob Dylan that his most famous song, Hallelujah, released in 1984, took him two years to write. The song is broadcast at 2am every Saturday by the Israeli Defence Force’s radio channel. In 1986, Cohen reached No 1 on the Spanish single charts with Take This Waltz – the lyrics to which were an English translation of the poem Pequeno Vals Vienes, written by an idol, Federico Garcia Lorca.