Fear and loathing in SkyCity

July 23, 2008

Moac accompanied me to the Auckland Film Festival screening of the new doco about Hunter S. Thompson on the weekend. Things did not start well.

And to top it off, the film left me disappointed. Okay, before the howls of protest and angry replies start flooding in, let me explain.

I am a devoted fan of HST and all he stands for. Thompson is one of my journalistic heroes, alongside George Orwell and one or two others.

The disappointment stems from the fact that the doco covered the last 30 years of Hunter’s life in about 3 minutes and ignored many important things about him that deserve to be remembered and celebrated.

Thompson’s life did not end in 1974. But first the fear and loathing…

I don’t go to film festivals very often, here’s why.

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