NEIL GAIMAN: DREAM DANGEROUSLY Signing off
released 8 July 2016 | N/a | Vimeo exclusive Director Patrick Meaney Interviewees Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Bill Hader, lenny Henry
On 28 August 2013 in Inverness, Neil Gaiman completed what he’s insisted will be his final signing tour. The public author has become a writer again, a man free to do what he’s always loved: to “make shit up” and then scribble it down. Patrick Meaney and Jordan Rennert’s entertaining documentary, filmed over the course of the tour, hunts for clues as to why Gaiman is so driven to do this.
Don’t expect too many firm answers. That’s not to say Gaiman is evasive. He’s not, he’s genial, happy to offer insights into his writing. It’s more that, rather like the young Shaun Ryder (of all people), he has a near-uncanny ability to be direct while somehow keeping something of himself back.
That’s more observation than criticism by the way, especially as the sections of the doc that deal with Gaiman’s biography are genuinely insightful. You realise anew just how much of a trailblazer Gaiman has been. Sandman, remember, brought a new female readership to comics, in the process opening debates about the form that are still raging today.
Be careful around Gaiman. According to wife Amanda Palmer, “Neil mines ideas out of human beings.”
Gaiman: you’ll never see him in yellow.