Sunday, July 29, 2012

NOW IT'S RADIOMAN: THE MOVIE

                                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Theo Kingma
  A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a chat with Radioman, the homeless movie fan whose unparalleled obsession has taken him from sleeping on the streets to becoming a New York movie legend with more than 100 small film roles to his name.  
  Radioman (so called because of the trademark boombox radio he hangs around his neck) spends his day and nights cycling around the city from one movie set to another, hanging out with the cast and crew between takes and then moving on to wait until the early hours of the morning outside premieres and after-parties for the same people he has just spent the day with. 
  This time I met up with him outside the Trump Soho hotel, where I was staying. He was, he said, waiting to see Jessica Alba although he was becoming impatient with the paparazzi pack who were also there. "They're a nuisance," he told me. "They get in the way and they frighten the stars."
   But Radioman himself may soon be on the receiving end of paparazzi attention. He is the subject of a new documentary, Radioman: The Movie which will be screened at the London Film Festival in October. 
    Featuring interviews with celebrities who know him the Radioman documentary gives the audience a look behind the scenes of showbusiness—paparazzi, autograph hunters, premieres and film shoots, all seen through the eyes of a self-confessed New York street bum.
   "It's a good movie," he says. "I'll go over to London for the premiere but I'll probably only stay a couple of days. I've got things to do in New York." 
  You can check it out on Radiomanthemovie.com



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