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NEVER MIND THE BOONDOCKS Miles Fielder talks to the director of OVERNIGHT, an expose of out of control egos and madness in Tinseltown.

Tony Montana (pictured) moved to Los Angeles in 1992. In November 1996 he began documenting new pal Troy Duffy’s efforts to make it in the entertainment business. In April 1997 Duffy was signed by the all-powerful William Morris talent agency. Subsequently, Harvey ‘Miramax’ Weinstein, perhaps thinking he’d found the new Quentin Tarantino, offered Duffy 3 dream deal to direct his own script, a gangland drama called The Boondock Saints. Weinstein even bought Duffy the downtown LA bar he tended, Sloane’s. Then a record company offered Duffy’s grunge band a deal. But by the end of 1997 the film was in turnaround, the record deal withdrawn and Duffy was blacklisted, partly because that’s the way the cut-throat business works, but largely because Duffy’s rampant ego produced some spectacularly bad behaviour. It couldn’t have helped that he called Harvey Weinstein ‘a big fat cocksucker’. Montana and his co- director Mark Brian Smith filmed the rise and fall of Duffy over four years, and the result, Overnight, is like watching a slow-motion car crash.

‘There were red flags from the very beginning,’ says Montana. ‘In the fall of 1996 Troy told me: “I want to be a legend.” That’s quite a comment for somebody just starting out. He did everything he could to destroy his good fortune, through not only his behaviour towards other people but towards himself, the self-abuse with the cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, which we do not show in the film. He’s a shell of the guy I met in 1995.’

When Duffy refused to cut his friends a share of the potential profits, Montana and Smith decided to make the documentary an expose. There’s a certain amount of stitching up going on, but for the most part Duffy sinks himself. ‘I didn’t notice he had a borderline personality disorder until we started watching the footage,’ says Montana. ‘Towards the end of the film you see Troy, just after he’s yelled at a class of film students, pontificating. We cut off the audio and you can see in his eyes, he’s crazy.’

Finishing the controversial film and securing distribution is a whole other story. Suffice to say Montana and Smith spent three years ‘hiding from Troy and Harvey’, secretly editing the film before it played at Sundance in 2004. Montana says William Morris tried to sink it. Weinstein just ignored it. The US press, possibly seeing itself indicted along with the industry, chose not to believe it. Montana doesn’t know if Duffy has seen the film (but Troy’s not giving interviews).

And Montana himself? ‘We worked so hard,’ he says flatly, ‘when we got our conclusion it was anti-climactic. However, there have been key moments I’ve enjoyed. Like knowing that l was in the class of Sundance ’04. Even if I enjoyed them later I got to enjoy them, right?’

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Saints and Overnrg/rt rev/ew. page 46.

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