Directed by Tony Montanna and Mark Brian Smith
Showing at FACT 26th August - 1st September 2005
Hollywood: where dreams come true, where a billionaire film executive
can walk into a bar and agree to give the guy serving him $300,000 for
his film script, allow him full directorial control with a $15 million
budget, give all his friends jobs on the picture, allow his own band to
record the soundtrack and even buy the bar for him. Too good to be true?
Overnight is a cautionary tale of arrogance and getting lost in the allure
of Hollywood. It is centred around Troy Duffy, who was offered all of
the above by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on the basis of his script for
‘The Boondock Saints...and blew it. This documentary was filmed
at the time by a couple of Troy’s mates (Smith and Montana), the
idea was to show his rising success, instead they chart his downfall over
Beginning amid the celebrations and press hype surrounding the deal
it becomes quickly apparent that the popular Troy never doubted for a
second that this was his destiny and that he deserves everything coming
to him. He is lauded with praise and hangs out with big name Hollywood
actors desperate to bask in the glow of the edgy new boy in town, so the
actual film making goes on the back-burner.
One by one Troy manages to alienate all around him with his arrogance,
temper and control-freakery; from his friends and family to the big names
in the industry he is trying to break into, Jerry Bruckheimer is an “idiot”,
Kenneth Branagh a “cunt”. Tiring of his posturing, Miramax
quietly walk away from the project but Troy is by now convinced that if
they're not interested then someone else will surely recognise his own
self-proclaimed “cesspool of creativity”.
Eventually an independent production of ‘The Boondock Saints’
limps out to no acclaim whatsoever and the debut album by Troy's band
‘The Brood’ manages to sell only 690 copies in six months.
Their dreams shattered and friendships strained, the group that surrounded
Troy return to their menial jobs, the only thing to show for the stress
and hardship of the last few years being this documentary.
This is an interesting and sometimes entertaining film showing not only
the dangers of ego-mania but also clearly displaying the cut-throat here-today-gone-tomorrow
nature of Hollywood; one of the big questions in the documentary is after
dropping Troy’s film did the all powerful Miramax make sure it failed
or was it in fact just genuinely crap? Personally I felt a lot of sympathy
for those around Troy who lost out, rather than hangers on most were friends
or even family, working unpaid in the hope of achieving a dream with Troy
only to be frozen out and abandoned. Though you can't help wondering if
this bitterness might not have affected the way his former friends (the
documentaries makers) portray Troy as the ego-maniac who brought about
his own downfall.