Radical Wolfe

Radical Wolfe

USA | 2023 | 76 min. | Richard Dewey

October 6, 2023

SIFF DocFest

Richard Dewey's enlightening portrait of legendary writer Tom Wolfe, the debonair, contrarian author whose provocative work blurred the lines between reporting and literature, playing a monumental role in American journalism.

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“A highly entertaining movie that manages to pack in more or less every important thing you’d want to know about Tom Wolfe... a writer who revolutionized journalism, and maybe even how we think about things.” —Variety

From a beat reporter at the Washington Post to an overnight sensation as the leader of the New Journalism movement, Tom Wolfe was at the forefront of reshaping how American stories are told. Recognizing the importance of overlooked subcultures and communities, Wolfe documented everything from rural stock car drivers to hippies in Haight Ashbury to the Apollo Astronauts, and his ability to bridge cultural and class divides while tackling stories central to American Life was unique in fiction and non-fiction. With a distinctive and oft-imitated style all his own, Wolfe’s body of work includes some of the most memorable and culturally impactful stories of the 20th century like The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full. Radical Wolfe is a deeply personal and illuminating look at the man inside the famous white suit, featuring conversations and interviews with those who knew him best.

  • Director: Richard Dewey
  • Principal Cast: Jon Hamm (narrator), Michael Lewis, Gay Talese, Lynn Nesbit, Alexandra Wolfe
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 76 min.
  • Producer: Richard Dewey, Andy Fortenbacher, Chris Laszlo
  • Editors: Brian Gersten
  • Music: Alex Mansour
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Burden (2016)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber