American Whiskey Bar by Michael Turner

By Michael Turner

American Whiskey Bar is a extraordinary pretend memoir concerning the un-making of a film—a movie which Michael Turner used to be commissioned to put in writing. even if, even if this movie used to be ever “made” is arguable. And just one print is related to exist. however, American Whiskey Bar, a movie obvious by means of just a handful of individuals, is definitely on its solution to changing into a curious footnote to cinematic history.

American Whiskey Bar, the ebook, is an try and set the list straight—a tale of intercourse, violence, lies, ambition, strength, paradox, desires, and remorse. contemplate your self warned.

First released in Canada in 1997, this new version, which includes a foreword by means of William Gibson (Neuromancer, trend Recognition), is the 1st version ever to be had within the U.S.

Praise for American Whiskey Bar:

“Tightly packed . . . the e-book weaves its means out and in of assorted degrees of fact. . . . There’s a vibrant, playful brain at paintings here.”—Toronto Star

“Turner constructs an extreme, clever, and darkly funny satire. . . . Too unique to be nominated for awards.”—Quill & Quire

“Brilliant . . . a blinding, dizzying multilayered mix of truth and fiction, of the believable and the preposterous, of the true and the hyper-real. it's also screamingly funny.”—Globe & Mail

Globe & Mail striking e-book, 1997
Quill & Quire top booklet of 1997
Coolest Canadian e-book of the yr, Chapters

Michael Turner lives in Vancouver, the place, as well as books and screenplays, he writes artwork essays and edits ArsenalAdvance, a literary/visual artwork imprint. He has received a BC publication Prize for fiction and a Genie Award for unique track. lately, he has collaborated with artist Stan Douglas and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. His novel The Pornographer’s Poem was once released this yr via tender Skull.

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C Hang on a minute. Where’s the tension now that we’ve made the baby-killers straight? 34 t h e o rig ina l s c re e n p l ay a The tension will be between DeNiro and that little shit-punk. b Yeah, they could be having problems at home. Like, the lawyer’s boyfriend thinks the couple’s guilty and DeNiro thinks the couple’s innocent. c Hmm. What if it was the other the other way around? What if the lawyer thinks they’re guilty and the lover thinks they’re innocent? And then, at the last minute, the lawyer realizes they’re innocent.

He (almost disappointed) Oh. she But what if they said I was a hooker and wondered what the fuck I was doing in here? he Did they say that? Tell me the truth. Because if they did I’m gonna call them on it. she Like they would if they called you a stud for shagging some black chick? he Well . . yeah. she Whaddaya mean, Well . . yeah? Like, it’s okay if they call you a stud, but it’s not okay if they call me a hooker? he No, it’s the same thing. 42 t h e o rig ina l s c re e n p l ay she Obviously it isn’t the same thing.

Oh, and I had it all planned out, too! I knew these terrific actors from Bratislava who spoke excellent English and were into doing the kind of weird stuV I was hoping Michael would get up to. Plus I had an excellent film crew lined up here in Budapest. The only problem was getting access to a good camera. And the only person I knew with a good camera was Evgeny. But as much as I loved Evgeny, I just couldn’t trust him. Evgeny was in way too deep with Klaus. But then a miracle happened. About a month after Michael had agreed to write the screenplay, Evgeny showed up on my door step – with camera in tow.

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