Burroughs: The Movie


Directed and Produced by Howard Brookner


Remastering Producers: Aaron Brookner and Paula Vaccaro. 

Colouring consultant: Tom DiCillo

Launching 2014, for William S. Burroughs Centennial

Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. It explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated.

The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies.  

Directed by the late Howard Brookner, filming began in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school before expanding into a feature completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's.