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The Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film

The Wah-Wah Diaries<br> by Richard E. Grant The Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film
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Author: Richard E. Grant
Publisher: Picador
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 262
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 033044347X
ISBN-13: 9780330443470

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Richard E. Grant's frank personal diary charting the ups and downs of the making of Wah-Wah, his first movie as writer and director.

Ten years after the publication of With Nails, his brilliant memoir of his years in Hollywood, Richard E. Grant give us The Wah-Wah Diaries, his very personal account of his debut behind the camera, as writer and director of his autobiographical movie of the same name. It is both a fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters along the way, and also a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the last throes of the British Empire.

Through the mayhem – never-ending financial pressures; hostilities and finally breakdown of communication with his Producer; the nerve-racking quest to persuade the King of Swaziland to grant permission to film in his country; the assembly of a stellar cast including Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, and Julie Walters – Richard E. Grant has written, with characteristic humour and charm, an extraordinarily honest and revealing account of a labour of love and the realisation of a dream.

What people say:

"This is the gripping, bittersweet document of all the trials and tribulations, heartbreak and ultimately, despite all the odds, the triumph of a small movie with a huge heart and soul." — Gabriel Byrne

"As he did in his autobiography 'With Nails' a decade ago, Grant proves himself immensely vital, acerbic and amusing … He is terrifyingly frank, which of course is a delight of gossipy bitchiness for the lay reader … he is utterly devastatingly honest … Grant bubbles with ideas … this is about as lively an account of the difficulties of making a film as you can imagine." — Daily Mail

"His descriptions of the country (Swaziland), its people and its history are vivid and haunting." — Sunday Times

"Grant is a rare gem: a brilliant actor with a God-given talent … he is a perfect person to write about film from the inside: he is witty, charming, self-effacing and just a little bit mad … Wah-Wah will knock your socks off … Grant describes every twist and turn with his inimitable charm, never seeming to edit or censor anything … this is a hugely entertaining, funny and moving account of the inside of luvvie land. Grant's greatest strength is his ability to laugh at himself … an immensely enjoyable warts-and-all portrait of film-making, both inspirational and hilarious." — Sunday Express

"Few film makers have itemised the horror of juggling the creative will with the financial and logistical imperatives of film-making as well as Grant … Grant's skill is in capturing the intense but ephemeral relationships that actors and crew forge during production." — Guardian

"Richard E Grant writes jauntily and engagingly … he has a nice line in sardonic humour … Grant's story is funny, dramatic and moving … The French producer makes a lovely vignette – a national stereotype par excellence." — Observer

"He writes in a frank, charming, controversial manner … there are few fronts that this book doesn't deliver on ." — Guardian

About the Author:

Richard E. Grant was born and brought up in Mbabane, Swaziland. He came to London in 1982, where he waitered, repped, toured and fringed until getting a role in a television satire about advertising, Honest, Decent and True. This led to his being cast in the seminal movie Withnail And I. He is the author of a book of film diaries With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant and the novel By Design: A Hollywood Tale. He has written occasional pieces for the Sunday Times, Observer, Vanity Fair and Premiere Magazine. He lives with his family in London.