Richard E Grant not only made a film of his diaries, he kept a diary during filming. By Barry Didcock
There are two things everyone knows about Richard E Grant - he was born and brought up in Swaziland and he starred in Withnail & I, the funniest British film of the 1980s. There's a third thing they should know - that he is a compulsive diarist with a waspish tongue and a keen eye - and a fourth they will soon learn, namely that the 48-year-old actor recently went behind the camera to turn his tumultuous colonial childhood into an autobiographical film.
The movie, Wah-Wah, is out in June and Grant's new book, The Wah-Wah Diaries, covering the period of its slow and painful gestation has just been published . The actor will be in Aberdeen next month to talk about it all - and introduce a sneak preview of the film.
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