Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson Competition
WIN! An ultra-portable laptop with Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson.
To celebrate the release of his latest documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson, in cinemas from 19th December, we've teamed up with Acadamy Award-winning writer-director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) himself to bring you a truly unique competition.
One lucky winner will receive a small, but perfectly formed, Acer Aspire One Netbook, which comes complete with Windows XP Home Edition, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive and WiFi capability, making it the perfect laptop for the budding freelance journalist. Two runners up will also receive a Gonzo poster signed by Alex and three Hunter S. Thompson books.
To be in with a chance of winning, we want you to find a recent news story - a good example would be the last 24 hours of the US election - and give it the gonzo treatment in the style of Thompson. To get you started, go to www.gonzomovie.co.uk for more information on the film and to read an extract from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Some features of Thompson's work include:
- A personal style, rather than an impersonal one. 'I', 'We', 'My', etc.
Once you're happy with your article, send it to email@example.com by 19th December and the best five will be put forward for Alex to choose the winner and the runners up.
In Gonzo, Alex is given unprecedented access to the late Thompson's estate where he finds a fascinating collection of previously unseen home movies and unpublished material. He then couples these archives with new interviews with Thompson's wives, his bosses at Rolling Stone magazine and his high-profile political subjects such as senator George McGovern and president Jimmy Carter. As if that wasn't enough, he manages to get Johnny Depp to reprise his role as Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to read the unpublished material along with excerpts from Thompson's major works.
The picture of Thompson that emerges is a man who was happiest in the 60s, surfing the wave of the hippy movement, and whose suicide was not only contemplated, but also decided upon the moment that wave broke. A life member of the NRA, Thompson always planned to blow his head off with a shotgun, which he did in 2005. The film also includes footage of Thompson's elaborate funeral in which the writer's ashes were fired over his home town of Aspen from a rocket launcher mounted in a giant two-thumbed fist holding a peyote button.
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