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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

DESPICABLE DICK AND RIGHTEOUS RICHARD

Directed by Joshua Neale
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 79 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE DESPICABLE DICK AND RIGHTEOUS RICHARD

Dick Kuchera has been pissing people off for 50 years. Leaving a bride at the altar, fooling around with his brother-in-law's fiancee, and spouting foul-mouthed arrogance while buck naked—none of this has helped. Dick now faces the biggest hurdle in his 20-year path to recovery: steps eight and nine of a 12-step program. Packed with a cheeky wit and a list of everyone he's wronged—from ex-wives to ex-mistresses, abandoned kids to slighted pals—Richard (as he now prefers to be called) sets out on a road trip through America's Great Plains with grand hopes of making overdue amends and clearing his conscience. Silver-tongued Richard manages to charm his way back into the lives of his loved ones, delivering just the right amount of heartfelt apology needed to elicit sympathy for himself as a flawed, but well intentioned, guy. But when Richard's self-centered behavior resurfaces, so does the question of whether Dick will ever really change.

Soulful folk music and off-color characters buoy an emotional story of redemption with surprising levity and deadpan humor. Joshua Neale's sharply observed directorial debut offers a startlingly resonant tragicomedy about recovery, forgiveness, and change.

Documentary
About the Director(s)
JOSHUA NEALE has a diverse background in drama, documentary, and commercials. In 2007 he was BAFTA shortlisted for Karaoke Soul, which mixes observational documentary with musical performances. This was followed by the innovative and thought-provoking Cotton Wool Kids. This is Joshua's first feature documentary.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    79 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Joshua Neale
  • Producer:
    Sandra Whipham
  • Editor:
    Paul Van Dyck, Nick Fenton
  • Executive Producer:
    Patrick Milling Smith, Brian Carmody, Richard Packer, Jani Guest

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