A 1983 British production [Panacea Entertainment, Ripple Entertainment (London)]
Producer: Eric Gardner, Astrid Wyman, Bill Wyman
Director: Robert Dornhelm
Story: Richard O’Brien
Screenplay: Richard O’Brien
Cinematography: Karl Kofler [color]
Music: Mike Batt, Bill Wyman
Running time: 72 minutes
Bill Wymanm – Bill Wyman
Astrid Wyman - Astrid Wyman (Astrid Lundstrum)
God’s gift to Wyman – James Coburn
The Doodler – Gerald Scarfe
The Power of Babel – Stanley Unwin
Billy ‘The Kid’ – Desmond Askew
Sun and Air – Stephen Wyman
The card sharp – Tony Kent
Party guests – Charlie Watts, Shirley Watts
Digital Dreams (1983). A biographical work, it stars Bill Wyman and his then- girlfriend, Astrid. They parted later that same year (after being together since 1967) and Bill commenced a notorious affair with the person who would later (briefly) become his second wife. The other member of the Rolling Stones (along with his wife), who waits for Wyman to come to supper, is Charlie Watts (they are dressed formally for a meal at Wyman’s 16th-century mansion, which had previously been owned by the notorious Krays).
The meandering plot follows Wyman’s attempts to write his biography on an early computer via floppy disc. The dream sequence was filmed at Frontier City (a Wild West tourist attraction in Hungerford, England). In one scene, while another member of the group (with his wife) waits for him to come to supper, he is shown watching a western on T.V. Eli Wallach’s voice can be heard saying, “If you’re going to shoot - shoot.” Then, after humming Morricone’s theme, Wyman has a dream in which he is challenged to a western showdown (filmed at Frontier City, a Wild West tourist attraction in Hungerford, England) by villain James Coburn, who is attended by the actor who played Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
James Coburn also appears in several other scenes as a bizarre spiritual guide (he is billed in the end credits under the amusing billing of “God’s gift to Wyman.” Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) also wrote the script! This is his first credit after the 1982 film, Shock Treatment (which marketers attempted to sell as a follow-up to Rocky Horror).
Digital Dreams has a running time of only 69 minutes and 58 seconds. It premiered at MIPED on Apr. 24, 1983 and apparently went directly to T.V. My copy came from a videotape from Suspect (just before they closed).
[submitted by David Shaw and Michael Ferguson]