WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHNNY DEPP
A screenplay based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson
It's 1960. In a highrise hotel not far from the beaches of San Juan, a man is recovering from an animal of a hangover.
Paul Kemp is an alcoholic journalist who's barely seen better days, arriving at the only job he can get: writing horoscopes for failing rag The Daily Star. His fellow hacks are mostly crazy drunks on the verge of quitting, so Kemp fits in perfectly.
But when he meets the impossibly gorgeous Chenault and her flashy boyfriend Sanderson, Kemp finds himself in way over his head - party to shady business deals, in hair-raising car chases with enraged Puerto Ricans, experimenting with a hitherto unknown hallucinogen - and finally discovers a mad, desperate devotion to the truth.
Bruce Robinson brings Hunter S. Thompson's novel to the big screen with all the brilliance, wild humour and fierce energy associated with the acclaimed writer and director of Withnail & I and The Killing Fields.
Bruce Robinson started his career in cinema as an actor. Some of the worlds greatest directors ignored him so he got into writing and finally directing film himself. Perhaps best known for Withnail & I he's currently preparing a new film based on his novel, The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman. For a dozen years he's been working on a history of the Whitechapel Murders which he hopes to publish in 2013 to coincide with the centenary of 'Jack the Ripper's' death...