THE GRIP OF FILM (Faber & Faber, 2017)
Gordy LaSure’s passionate about film. He eats film, he drinks film, and sometimes he’ll even watch a film. But most of all he loves talking to people about film: whether a comely student with low confidence and a father complex, a Studio “development’ exec who doesn’t trust his own judgement, or the countless people Gordy LaSure’s encountered in his capacity as the web moderator on an Excessive Sweating Discussion Forum. Gordy LaSure’s always talking about films and how they’d be a shit ton better if only people would pull their asses out of their ears and listen to Gordy LaSure.
The voyage of this book can be categorized as an attempt to understand How In Hell Film Works. Why are some films bad, and some films terrible? How come just a handful of films (Titanic, Porky’s, Dirty Harry) are any good at all? Gordy’ll tell you How and Why, and he’ll give you a slug of Wherefore on the side. And he doesn’t shoot from the hip; he shoots from the gut.
Screenplay for THE DOUBLE – written by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korinne, directed by Richard Ayoade, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska
‘A stylised and idiosyncratic affair, combining deadpan humour with a real sense of existential terror’ Independent
In this book Richard Ayoade – actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist – reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over ten brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines himself fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary.
- Winner of the Chortle Awards for best book
- Sunday Times Top ten bestseller
About Richard Ayoade