Cammell's last movie, now as he envisioned it

Donald Cammell's Wild Side (18) 112 mins

The last frlm by Edrnburgh-born Donald Cammell frnally sees the Irght of day rn the form the drret'tor rntended. Carnrner; made rust three other frlms (lur'rrtg hrs often frustrated (areer: Performance earth Nrr Roeqt, Demon Seed and Wr’t/te Of The Eye Ba<k rn 1.995, Wr/d Srde's produrers re-(ut the T'flrr: agarnst Cammell's \vrshes for a strarght-to-table televrsron release In MW 1996, Carnrnell sl‘ot hrrnself Last August, a drrettor's (th was streened at the Edrnbut'gh lnter‘natronal Frlrn l-eshxaé, ant. that versron ~ sportrng a nez‘. soundtratk by Ryurthr Sakarnoto and Jarvs Cotk'e." rs now on release It's the (trirnrnatron of years of navtstakzng work pretrng the orrgrnal batk together, for \.'v./lt!(lt we have to

thank Cammell's wrfe Chrna Kong, orrgrnal edrtor Frank Mazzola, Metro Tartan Frlms and Channel 4.

All thrs begs the guestron rs the story of the recovery of Dona/d Cammell’s Wr/d Srde more rnterestrng than the frlm rtself7 Well, yes, but that's not meant as a (irrtrcrsm of Cammell's last movre, Certarnly thrs psythosexual thrrller rs an uneven affarr, as the four players Anne Hethe's banker, Chrrstopher Walken’s racketeer, Joan Chen's estranged \Vrfe and Steven Bauer’s bodyguard lU(l< ea<h other over both metaphorrcally and lrterally, Wlilt love and hatred Whrle rt's hard to rmagrne Cammell not entouragrng Walken's absurdly OTT performance, the cast are thoroughly entertarnrng, and Cammell and Kong’s strrpt says some rnterestrng thrngs about the sex/power/money nexus tMrles Frelderr 31*. Se/ected release from Frr 27 Jul

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Akrrna (vorce of Drew Barrymorer Helprng them evade the relentless Drer are an oddball trro of alrens vorted by John Legur/arno, Janeane Garofalo and Nathan Lane But why are they helprng7

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