Gus Van Sant’s new film, the witty and perceptive true story about cartoonist John Callahan, arrives in UK cinemas courtesy of MUBI on October 26.
Gus Van Sant is a director who can be relied upon to deliver films audiences and critics cherish. His Psycho remake aside, he possesses a career full of critically acclaimed, award-winning films such as Good Will Hunting, Milk, My Own Private Idaho, and Elephant and now he unveils Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, a witty and perceptive true story about cartoonist John Callahan. It will be released in UK cinemas on October 26.
John Callahan, here played by Joaquin Phoenix (who recently excelled in the brilliant You Were Never Really Here), is a Portland slacker. He nearly loses his life in a car accident but has no intention of giving up the alcohol.
Reluctantly, he enters a treatment programme and, with the support of his friends – girlfriend Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill – Callahan discovers a creative gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons. Suddenly he develops a national following and ultimately a new lease of life.
The film enjoyed its world premiere at the Sundance film festival. It offers unique view of rebuilding from adversity, providing laughs amidst the healing power of art.
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot is in UK cinemas on October 26.