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For No Good Reason

Ralph-Steadman_Johnny-Depp_bannerRalph Steadman is the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Made over the course of fifteen years, For No Good Reason, explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman.

Director Charlie Paul spent fifteen years meticulously amassing footage and creating the animation for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadmans pictures. Presented by Johnny Depp, featuring interviews with Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant, as well as footage of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs, this promises to be a riot.


Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman (born 15 May 1936) is a British cartoonist and caricaturist who is perhaps best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson.

Steadman had a long partnership with Thompson, drawing pictures for several of his articles and books. He accompanied Thompson to the Kentucky Derby for an article, to the Honolulu Marathon, and illustrated both Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. Much of Steadman’s artwork revolves around Raoul Duke-style caricatures of Thompson: bucket hats, cigarette holder and aviator sunglasses.

Steadman appears on the second disc of the Criterion Collection Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas DVD set, in a documentary called Fear and loathing in Gonzovision, which was made by the BBC in 1978, of Thompson planning the tower and cannon that his ashes were later blasted out of. The cannon was atop a 153-ft. tower of Thompson’s fist gripping a peyote button; Thompson demands that Steadman gives the fist two thumbs, “Right now.”

Of course he has done far more than just the Hunter S. Thompson illustrations, his work has adorned countless magazines, books and galleries. He did awesome work for Alice in Wonderland and Animal reissues. Check out more at his official website HERE.