Provocative German movie-maker Uwe Boll, infamous for trashy big-screen adaptations of video game franchises, is the subject of a new documentary titled Fuck You all: The Uwe Boll Story.
The documentary explores Boll's life and career through interviews with the people he's directed or affected and generally pissed off along the way, as well as interviews with the man himself - and he's lost none of his sparkle let me tell you.
Boll, now retired, has had a somewhat remarkable career. Despite falling out with actors and studios he found a way to independently produce film after film, adapting video game franchises such as Alone in the Dark, Far Cry, House of the Dead, Dungeon Siege, BloodRayne and Postal for the big screen. More remarkably still, Boll managed to attract star-grade talent to his side - actors like Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, Ron Perlman, even Burt Reynolds. I wonder how many of them have framed posters of his films on their walls to remember their roles.
Uwe Boll is a man who doesn't mince his words and isn't shy to speak his mind. Ellie interviewed Uwe Boll for Eurogamer in 2006, a piece in which he dropped gems like, "Let's be realistic, what is House of the Dead? House of the Dead is a brainless shooter where you shoot zombies into pieces. So what are you expecting from the movie, Schindler's List?"
Yet for all his bluster and the turkeys he's produced, is there something to admire about his blinkered and forthright approach to getting things done?
The documentary is made by Canadian production company Prairie Coast Films, and has earned an official selection for the Whistler Film Festival later in the year. But for now there's only a trailer; when the full release will be, and how you'll be able to watch it, I don't yet know, though I'm trying to find out.