Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

U.K. | 79 MINUTES | English |



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.


Directed by Joshua Neale and Joshua Neale

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.
Sandra Whipham
Paul Van Dyck, Nick Fenton
Joshua Neale
Executive Producer
Patrick Milling Smith, Brian Carmody, Richard Packer, Jani Guest


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