Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story
* CLOSING FILM *
In the summer of 2009, filmmaker Roy Tighe and comedian Richard Lett were ejected from a Vancouver nightclub. Richard started a verbal altercation with the club owner and was promptly told to take his cameraman and leave. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Roy began filming Lett in his day-to-day life and quickly learned that all was not right in the brash comedian’s world. So set in motion the saga of Richard Lett and Never Be Done.
Never Be Done chronicles the seven year journey of Richard Lett, a once-respected Canadian comedian whose addiction to drugs and alcohol lead to him becoming homeless, estranged from his daughter, and shunned by his community. With no one to turn to, Richard disappeared. He ran away from his problems; he ran away from his responsibilities; he ran away from his life.
Not merely a tale of one man’s downfall, Never Be Done is the story of Richard Lett’s struggle to forge a new life in the same environment that brought him down so completely. Filmed with candid intimacy and filled with archival footage and poignant testimonials, Never Be Done is a raw and unflinching documentary about the life and times of Richard Lett, who lost it all and lived to tell the tale.
NOTE: There will be a short Q&A with Alexandra Staseson and Richard Lett (star) after the screening.
RUN TIME: 80 minutes
PREMIERE STATUS: Vancouver Premiere
DIRECTOR: Roy Tighe
PRODUCERS: Roy Tighe
LEAD CAST: Richard Lett
AWARDS / NOMINATIONS:
• Winner, Best Documentary (Feature Documentary) – Studio City Film Festival US 2018
• Nominee, Indie Spirit Award (Documentary Feature) – Hollywood South Film Festival 2018
ABOUT THE STAR – RICHARD GLEN LETT
Richard Glen Lett was born in 1954 in Calgary, Alberta. After pursuing a career as a teacher at the University of Alberta, Lett decided to move to Vancouver, British Columbia to try his hand in the entertainment industry. Finding a home in the stand-up comedy scene, Richard began making a name for himself with his brash, unapologetic style of jokes and crowd interaction. After years of honing his skills on the stage, Lett found himself headlining tours for Yuk Yuk’s, Canada’s leading chain of comedy clubs. In the mid 90’s Richard was a subject in the CBC’s Road Warriors, a documentary television series about the lives of touring stand-up comedians.
Never quite a household name, Richard Lett has become a sort of journeyman of the Canadian comedy scene over the past thirty years, respected by his fellow comedians and sought out by die-hard comedy fans. In the time since he began his career in stand-up, Richard has tried his hand at poetry, writing, and acting, landing small roles on the TV shows Supernatural, Dark Angel, and The Firm, and as a playwright he has received two Jessie Richardson Award nominations for “Most Outstanding Original Play”. Most recently, Richard received a rare standing ovation at the London Poetry Slam for his one-man show “Sober But Never Clean”. His performance was described as such: “Richard grabbed our audience’s attention and didn’t let go. His ability to make the crowd laugh and reflect simultaneously by sharing intimate personal stories mixed with hilarious jokes is unparalleled. He has a unique talent in rolling poetry, comedy, and storytelling together.”
Today, Richard continues to tour across the country with his “Sober But Never Clean” show, which details his experiences in the stand-up comedy profession, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his complicated relationship with sobriety.