Screened as part of NZIFF 2005
A stunning rags-to-rags morality tale about a blowhard who blew a once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood deal: the story of cocky rocker Troy Duffy, whose script for the movieThe Boondock Saints suddenly became a sizzling property. Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein inexplicably went gaga over this sub-Tarantinoesque piece of hoodlum hokum, to the point of offering to buy the bar where Duffy worked. Two of Duffy’s closest friends are enlisted to shoot footage of his express train to success. Luckily for us, they realize Duffy’s locomotive is about to careen off the rails and decide to subvert Duffy’s original video ego-massage into a riveting documentary chronicling his disintegration. Like a low-fi raucous cousin of Hearts of Darkness, this unbelievable peek into the world of a paranoid control freak who alienates all around him for the sake of making a movie is mesmerizing material. We guarantee you won’t be able to avert your eyes from this monumental a-hole and his cringe-inducing behaviour – the phrase ‘warts and all’ could have been created for this documentary.