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For No Good Reason review

King Ralph

Ralph Steadman’s relationship with author Hunter S Thompson inevitably dominates this portrait of the artist, not least by having Johnny Depp as its narrator and interlocutor. Yet while Steadman’s illustrations remain inextricably tied to the Fear And Loathing writer’s gonzo prose, there’s more to his career than this documentary gives him credit for – a curious oversight, given the 12 years it took director Charlie Paul to finish it.

Though friendly and humorous in his jaunty nautical cap, Steadman seems reluctant to give much away about his private life. Fortunately his work – scabrous, anarchic and utterly merciless – more than speaks for itself.

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