It is both a fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters along the way, and also a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the last throes of the British Empire.
Through the mayhem - never-ending financial pressures; hostilities, and finally breakdown of communication with his producer; the nerve-racking quest to persuade the King of Swaziland to grant permission to film in his country; the assembly of a stellar cast including Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, and Julie Walters - Richard E. Grant has written and reads, with characteristic humour and charm, an extraordinarily honest and revealing account of a labour of love and the realisation of a dream.
have always been a fan of Richard E Grant. superb actor, great stories. had i never heard of him, i would have thought i discovered buried treasure. first of all - everyone should see at least two of his films WITHNAIL AND I and HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING. then you can rest assured that your purchase of this audio book will be well worth it. Grant journals the story of how he made the Wah Wah diaries. He writes about everyone he's come across professionally and personally - and it's a wonderful account. he's dropping names because they are his contemporaries. you will not be disappointed. His Bob Altman stories from The Player and other Altman films are inspiring. If you work as a writer in this crazy town, and you're feeling a bit blue - this book's for you. If you're interested in the reality of raising money, casting, shooting - you can fake being a seasoned producer by the time you're done. It's a wonderful listen. Read by one of the great actors of our time.
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Loved this book, thoroughly enjoyable ride into the highs and lows of making a film.
Richard E Grant is fabulous as the narrator as he takes us on his personal journey full of triumphs and disasters. I hope Audible adds his other book With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant to its library.
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I have tried so hard to listen to this books but my mind kept wondering off. To me, who has read nearly 1000 books, it's a sign of boredom. It's an extremely (please underline extremely) detailed account of the making of his life story into a movie. At one point Grant writes (in excruciating detail) EVERY actor who tuned the project down (with details of the actual conversations!) Instead of simply writing "several actors turned me down". I almost got to a point where I was saying out loud "just take the project and lets move on!!".
...Has anyone ever watched those youtube videos made by first timers who keep the camera rolling while they wait for milk to boil or food to cook instead of editing "the waiting" out? Well this book is the written versions of an unedited story. Really liked the hotel TV show, this book though? Sorry not so much
I like Richard E. Grant very much and hoped his book would be enjoyable. I wasn't disappointed. He reads it with enthusiasm and laughs when obviously it was funny when it happened. So you get a feeling of being there very much. The only thing was I thought it could have been trimmed by about 15 minutes. The build up to the filmimg was great and I enjoyed the later episodes of the editing and promotion more than the actual filming part of the story. But thats only me. Well worth the purchase.