W RITE RS AWA RD — NOMINEE — A BOUT LIF E
Bruce Robinson — The Rum Diary
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Nominee: About Life Bruce Robinson, born 2 May 1946, is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor. He is arguably most famous for writing and directing the cult classic »Withnail and I«, a film with comic and tragic elements set in London in the 1960s, which drew on his experiences as ›a chronic alcoholic and resting actor, living in squalor‹ in Camden Town.
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The Rum Diary — Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort.
Sanderson’s girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol?
DIRECTED BY: BRUCE ROBINSON // PRODUCED BY: JOHNNY DEPP / GRAHAM KING / CHRISTI DEMBROWSKI / ANTHONY RHULEN / ROBERT KRAVIS / TIM HEADINGTON // STARRING: JOHNNY DEPP / AARON ECKHART / MICHAEL RISPOLI / AMBER HEARD / RICHARD JENKINS / GIOVANNI RIBISI // MUSIC BY: CHRISTOPHER YOUNG // CINEMATOGRAPHY: DARIUSZ WOLSKI // EDITING BY: CAROL LITTLETON // STUDIO: GK FILMS / INFINITUM NIHIL / FILM ENGINE DISTRIBUTED BY: FILMDISTRICT // RELEASE DATES: OCTOBER 28, 2011 // RUNNING TIME: 120 MINUTES // COUNTRY: UNITED STATES // LANGUAGE: ENGLISH BUDGET: $50 MILLION // BOX OFFICE: $23,947,544