Johnny Depp gets another big screen turn, this time in a documentary. Sony Classics will open For No Good Reason in limited release this weekend. The title is among the Specialty newcomers that will bow the last weekend in April. Samuel Goldwyn Films will open Cannes 2013 feature The German Doctor, based on a novel written by the filmmaker. A 24 is opening Tom Hardy starrer Locke. The film was made under an unusual timetable. And Kino Lorber will launch Sundance doc-hybrid Who Is Dayani Cristal? which features Gael García Bernal in a true investigative story about one would-be émigré’s journey north.
Director Charlie Paul and his wife, producer Lucy Paul run a UK-based production company Itch Films, which primarily produces commercials. The pair began what would be For No Good Reason 15 years ago. In the bio-doc, Johnny Depp visits Ralph Steadman, the renowned artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson. “Charlie has always been interested in the process of art. He’s an ex-punk and is drawn to counter-culture,” said Lucy Paul. “Ralph holds the torch of that and is one of his artistic heroes.”