For No Good Reason explores the connection between life and art, seen through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. We take a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman as he recalls adventures such as travelling with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S Thompson to see the Rumble in the Jungle; or engaging in gun fights with literary giant William S Burroughs. The framework of the documentary is a visit to Steadman’s studio by Johnny Depp. Director Charlie Paul spent 15 years meticulously amassing the footage and creating the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman's pictures. The audience is able to reach to the heart of what makes this artist tick, discover his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties.
As part of the Future Projections programme, the Festival also proudly presents the world premiere of the Ralph Steadman For No Good Reason installation at the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery at TIFF Bell Lightbox, which runs daily from September 5 to 15.