It was earlier announced that Abdellatif Kechiche, director of Blue is the Warmest Colour, will sell his Palme d’Or in order to fund his upcoming project Mektoub, My Love which was stuck in production. Whilst, either way, he’s still a legendary director, you’d think he’d have a large degree of sentimental value placed on his award, and, whilst it’s his decision and a bold one at that, it seems crazy that he’d ship off such an invaluable item. This got me thinking about other crazy methods used to raise funding, so I decided to find some more ludicrous examples of directorial desperation.
Stanley Kubrick the chess demon
Yep, believe it or not, before Kubrick was heralded as the greatest director to ever live, he was essentially a chess shark. He wasn’t making enough money from his job as a photographer (though he gained priceless experience), and therefore he used his unmatchable genius to extract money from unwitting players. He made enough to subsequently fund Fear and Desire, his debut directorial effort. Whilst some may consider this a cheap and dishonest way of making money if you possess one of the greatest minds in human history then why not use it to your advantage? All I know is that I’ll never play chess with an intellectual looking stranger (partially because I don’t play chess).
Uwe Boll exploits German taxation loopholes
Uwe Boll is notorious for his abysmal films and adulteration of classic video games. From Alone in the Dark to House of the Dead, Boll has been panned relentlessly. Some may think his films are awful solely due to a lack of talent, but no, he revels in being a sleazy, crappy person. Throughout his career, University graduate Boll has continuously exploited German taxation loopholes, meaning that he is guaranteed, no matter what, to make money. He didn’t care at all about making good films because of this, showing contempt for audiences and critics alike (he even fought critics in a boxing match). It’s hard to have any respect for Boll, but to be fair him he didn’t technically do anything illegal unless you consider ripping off audiences a crime.
The Holy Grail is funded by kick-ass rockstars
Monty Python is one of the most groundbreaking, subversive comedic groups ever. They changed the face of comedy as we know it. So, when studios refused to fund the completion of this risky project, who better to save the day than other world-famous artists? Huge musicians like Pink Floyd, Elton John and Genesis to name just a few, decided to take it upon themselves to fund this irreverent classic. So, not only do we need to thank these bands for their incredible music (don’t shoot me Phil Collins haters) but for bringing into fruition this comedic gem. Whilst they still had to cut corners, using coconuts to mimic the sound of a horse and abandoning the final battle, they never would’ve been able to release this film without the rescue package they received.
Robert Rodriguez sells his body for money
NO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ WAS NOT A PROSTITUTE. The famed low-budget icon was struggling for funds for El Mariachi, with no studio backing to rely on, and therefore had to do everything possible to make money. In order to get these funds, he decided to partake in extensive medical research, also writing the screenplay for this film in the last 3 weeks spent in the hospital. The resourceful director made enough money to produce this film, and from then on hasn’t looked back, establishing himself as a major Hollywood player. So, when your parents tell you to respect your body, cite this success story as a counter-argument (I’M JUST KIDDING, AND I AM NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR POOR LIFE DECISIONS)!
Ed Wood sells his soul
MISLEADING SENTENCE NUMBER 2! No, Ed Wood did not make a pact with the devil. However, the master of B-movies received funding for his infamous disasterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space by swearing he believed in God. A Baptist church offered him the funding for his film. However, as would be expected, there was a catch. They offered it on the condition that he join the religion and that the cast was baptised. Little did the passionate Wood care, and he threw away his freedom of choice to create this misguided classic. You have to admire his drive, as nothing was an obstacle for him. He loved making films and would go to any lengths to do so.