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A Short Film About John Bolton (2003)

Not Rated | | Short | 17 July 2003 (USA)
A documentary film crew takes a look at the inspiration behind artist John Bolton's painting.

Director:

Neil Gaiman

Writer:

Neil Gaiman
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Credited cast:
John O'Mahony John O'Mahony ... John Bolton
Marcus Brigstocke ... Marcus (Interviewer)
Carolyn Backhouse Carolyn Backhouse ... Carolyn Dalgleish
Jonathan Ross ... Jonathan Ross
Tree Petts Tree Petts ... Gallery Receptionist
John Bolton John Bolton ... Guest Interviewed
Judith Clute Judith Clute ... Guest Interviewed
Jayne Nelson Jayne Nelson ... Guest Interviewed (as Jayne Setchfield)
Denise Worme Denise Worme ... Bakery Woman
Betti Marenko Betti Marenko ... First Girl
Katie Lawrie Katie Lawrie ... Second Girl
Martin Cordier Martin Cordier ... Brother Martin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Barbieri Suzanne Barbieri ... Gallery Guest
Steve Jones Steve Jones ... Gallery Opening Guest
Steve Jones Steve Jones ... Gallery opening guest
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A documentary film crew takes a look at the inspiration behind artist John Bolton's painting.

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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to... all of the guests who attended the gallery opening. See more »

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You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
by John Sebastian & Steve Boone
Published by Robbins Music corp. Ltd
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A wonderfully creepy insight into inspiration
1 November 2004 | by chrozonSee all my reviews

Neil Gaiman presents us with a yet another great story, this time in the form of a mock-documentary. The 'art-documentary' style with its presentation of 'real' interviews and a real subject lulls the viewer into complacency before he slowly starts to unsettle and unnerve you. It is at once entirely obvious where the story is going (if you are familiar with Gaiman's work) and possibly unexpected (if you are not).

Regardless, this is a wonderful look inside the creative process and where ideas come from that inspire the writers/artists etc we love and respect.

Oddly, the first time I saw this was in black and white (due to a DVD related problem) and I found it a lot more chilling than when I saw it in colour. Despite this I think it is a throughly entrancing short that couples realism and reality with a dark fantasy horror element and makes it all seem totally normal and reasonable. The DVD features some great extras such as interviews, an excellent commentary and some examples of Bolton's work. A must see for Gaiman and Bolton fans alike.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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17 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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SKA Films See more »
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