Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film

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A personal diary that charts the ups and downs of the making of Wah-Wah, Richard E. Grant’s debut directorial film, this memoir captures the work behind this labor of love and the realization and fulfillment of a dream come to life. As writer and director of the autobiographical film Grant provides fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters while filming, as well as a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the ...

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Overview

A personal diary that charts the ups and downs of the making of Wah-Wah, Richard E. Grant’s debut directorial film, this memoir captures the work behind this labor of love and the realization and fulfillment of a dream come to life. As writer and director of the autobiographical film Grant provides fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters while filming, as well as 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. From never-ending financial pressures and hostilities with producers to the nerve-racking quest to persuade the King of Swaziland to grant permission to film in his country and the handling of a stellar cast—which includes Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, and Julie Walters—Richard E. Grant has detailed, with characteristic humor and charm, the daily operations behind the creation of a major motion picture.

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"A witty, winning writer of real observational powers and great enthusiasm who takes neither himself nor his business too seriously."  —Entertainment Weekly on With Nails

"With just the right smattering of poison in his pen, this Swazi/British actor recounts the daily trials and tribulations of making movies."  —Kirkus Reviews on With Nails

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

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

'Grant’s skill is in capturing the intense but ephemeral relationships that actors and crew forge during production."  —Guardian

"Grant writes jauntily and engagingly . . . he has a nice line in sardonic humour."  —Observer

"Delirious and delicious."  —Daily Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780330441971
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard E. Grant is the author of By Design: A Hollywood Novel and With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant. He has appeared in several films, including The Age of Innocence, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Gosford Park, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Withnail And I.

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