For No Good Reason with Ralph Steadman

British artist Ralph Steadman came to prominence in the early 70s thanks to an utterly distinctive style which is as eye-catching and arresting today as it was back then.

Over the years, he’s contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The New York Times, Private Eye and Rolling Stone; illustrated and written a host of books such as I, Leonardo; and created art for everything from television to beer bottles.

Now he’s the subject of a new documentary, For No Good Reason, shot over 15 years by director Charlie Paul. (To see my video interview with Charlie, click here.)

The film takes us on a lively journey through Ralph’s life and work with the likes of Hunter S Thompson, Terry Gilliam and Richard E Grant.

Check out the video to see Ralph chat about his artistic inspirations, painting Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper on his bedroom wall, the state of modern art, and playing the ukelele with Johnny Depp.

For No Good Reason has its World Premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in Leicester Square on Friday 12 October at 6pm.

The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from 10 to 21 October 2012. Click here for more details.