For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason
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For No Good Reason
United Kingdom, 2012, 89 Minute Running Time
Topic: Documentary
Program: True Stories
Language: English

When Hunter S. Thompson first met the British artist Ralph Steadman in 1969, the writer – no stranger to the freakish – was shocked by Steadman’s grotesque caricatures. Referencing a portrait Steadman had drawn of Thompson’s brother, the gonzo journalist said, "Look, Ralph. Let’s not kid ourselves. That was a very horrible drawing you gave him. It was the face of a monster…"

And thus was born Steadman and Thompson’s legendary collaboration ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", among many other things), a fraught but fecund partnership that serves as the centerpiece of Charlie Paul’s wonderfully entertaining and perceptive account of Steadman’s life and work.

A visit to Steadman’s studio by Thompson surrogate Johnny Depp (he’s played the writer in two films) leads to a string of witty reminiscences by the artist, which director Paul supplements with archival footage and interviews with fans like Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner. Fifteen years in the making, Paul’s film is a captivating tribute to the singular iconoclast who co-invented the gonzo style.

DIRECTOR: Charlie Paul
Producer: Lucy Paul
Editor: Joby Gee
Cinematographer: Charlie Paul
Music: Sacha Skarbek
Principal Cast: Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Patrick Godfrey, Richard E. Grant, Jann Wenner, Hal Willner
Filmography: Debut Feature

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