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For No Good Reason

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Ralph Steadman and Johnny Depp in the artist's studio

  • Ralph Steadman working with Richard E Grant

    Ralph Steadman working with Richard E Grant


‘For No Good Reason’ is a visually stunning unique biographical film about artist and cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Johnny Depp is a friend and thought-provoking observer of Ralph’s art, who inspires insight as the film unfolds and in the finest Gonzo tradition questions of witness and authenticity are constantly challenged, as the film smashes narrative conventions, moving seamlessly from interview to animation and soundscape.

We observe Steadman over fifteen years as he creates a wealth of art. For the first time his art is animated, including illustrations from Hunter S Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.
Unseen intimate footage of Hunter S Thompson, much of it filmed by Ralph himself, reveals their deep life-long friendship and true working relationship.

Featuring Richard E Grant, Terry Gilliam, Bruce Robinson and with music from Slash, The All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, Crystal Castles, Ed Hardcourt and Beth Orton.

A touching and at times funny film about honesty, friendship and the ambition driving an artist, this is a true record of the demise of 20th Century counterculture and hipster dream with Ralph Steadman the last of the Gonzo visionaries.


Type of film
Running Time
86 mins
35mm, HD,16mm, Super 8
Charlie Paul 1st Feature
Lucy Paul
Executive Producer
Lucy Paul
Joby Gee
Director of Photography
Charlie Paul, Spike Geilinger
George Foulgham
Sacha Skarbek
Principal Cast
Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Jann Wenner, Terry Gilliam, Bruce Robinson
Slash, Jason Mraz, The All American Rejects, Crystal Castles, Ed Hardcourt, Beth Orton

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Last updated 6th January 2012

Production Company

Itch Film
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London N7 8QZ

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