Having written consistently brilliant pieces in almost genre of entertainment – from comic books to novels to television – Neil Gaiman is a writer with almost unparalleled flexibility and dedication. His creative output sees multiple pieces flooding onto shelves every year, with stories, novels, comics, films and even games included in his multi-genre, multi-platform bibliography. His efforts have resulted in a global community of Gaiman fans, who flock to see him read, create awesome cosplays of his most distinctive characters and give him hand cramp from signing so many books and posters. And that’s not even starting on the numerous awards to his name.
Now, for the first time, fans can get closer then ever to the literary legend with an all new documentary from Patrick Meaney, co-founder of Respect Films.
Respect Films has previously received great acclaim for its documentaries, having won the Best Documentary award at the Comic-Con International Film Festival in 2015, for its piece She Makes Comics.
The new film, Dream Dangerously, follows Neil Gaiman on his most recent – and reportedly last ever – book tour, which took him to forty different cities over a three month period. It shows how far he will go out of his way for his fans, through their own testimony as well as footage of the largest tour he has ever undertaken. The film considers the impact his work has had on individuals and on contemporary culture. It also dives into the writer’s life, exploring his childhood and the influences he has picked up over the years.
Many of Gaiman’s friends, collaborators and fans have got involved with the documentary, including actors and other writers he has worked with, and even his wife, Amanda Palmer. They offer their own experiences of the man and his work and open up a discussion about the difference he has made to the various media he has worked in.
You can watch the trailer for the film below and stream it from Vimeo or the Respect Films website from £5.99.