- Yes 2019
- Abi 2019
Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story
Roy Tighe, Brian Volk-Weiss, Anna Roberts, Kieran Dotti, Danny Mendlow for Tigheland Productions
directed by Roy Tighe
starring Richard Lett, Holly Pavlik, Byron Bertram, Briar Sandeman, Paul Myrehaug, Patrick Maliha, Jeff Laurin, Carter Hortie, Guy R. McPherson, Vince Fluke, James Masters, Roy Tighe, Graeme Morgan, Sunee Dhaliwal, Mark Breslin, Jy Harris, Kathleen Bolton, Ted Levitt, Mike Greenwood, Breanna Lett, Marlo Franson, Kyle Jones
music by Alex Koutsoukos, Shawn Staples, Ori Schurr, Kitt Turney
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Canadian stand-up comedian Richard Glen Lett isn't a performer to go on
stage to be liked - in fact, one might go so far as to call him an insult
comic, he's filled with rage, makes it a point not to be politically
correct and throws his anger into all directions, and at times actually
insults his audience. And for the longest time, he was held in high regard
by the comic community - yet by 2009 he was already past his prime, and
was a little too fond of dring and marihuana, and what's worse is he could
not separate between his stage persona and his private self anymore, took
his anger off stage, too, and this way got into fights with many of his
employers. What's worse is, by that time he was also undergoing cancer
treatment, and with that he couldn't take alcohol anymore - which only
made him an unpredictable timebomb, just waiting to go up. And go up it
did, as he first loses gig after gig, then gets kicked out of his
apartment, doesn't even get his down payment back, and eventually skips
town to try to pick up the pieces on his own ...
In a way, this
film, or its first half anyways, feels a bit like watching a car crash -
not by design, mind you, filmmaker Roy Tighe seems to just have met
Richard Lett at a particular time in his life where thing's haven't been
all rosey. But despite the car crash analogy, it goes to Tighe's credit
that the film never feels purely voyeuristic but always treats its subject
with respect and empathy, even if Lett's behaviour at times is outrageous,
and roots for the guy all the way - just without sugarcoating things.
Plus, Lett quite simply is a fascinating subject, and his often very
offensive humour does usually hit the mark - on stage at least. And Tighe
gives Lett enough space to just be himself, ultimately making this a
rather compelling documentary.