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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

David Gregory

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Director Richard Stanley returns to our screen with Color Out of Space, his first major foray back into feature filmmaking in 25 years. Exactly why he’s stayed away for so long comes into sharp focus with this intriguing documentary about a project that tortured the filmmaker for years. With access to many of the key personnel involved (including Stanley), director David Gregory has constructed one of the most detailed accounts of a film production going totally off the rails.

"Utterly jaw-dropping, compulsive viewing."

Coming off the back of two low-budget genre cult hits with Hardware (1990) and Dust Devil (1992), Stanley’s star was rapidly ascending, and he soon found himself at the helm of a dream project: an ambitious, subversive, multi-million dollar adaptation of H.G. Well’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, starring the ageing Marlon Brando in the title role. To say the subsequent production was a disaster would be an understatement; while to reveal exactly what happened on location in the Australian jungle would spoil some of this documentary’s wildest surprises.

The formidable list of increasingly bizarre setbacks includes natural disasters, more than one monstrous ego, and a warlock named Skip. For anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes perils of the Hollywood system and film-making in general, this is a must-see, and for everyone else, it’s utterly jaw-dropping, compulsive viewing.

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