A 25YL Exclusive! Roy’s World: Barry Giffords Chicago

Barry Gifford is one of America’s greatest storytellers. His work includes the novel Wild at Heart, which was adapted by David Lynch into the Palme d’Or-winning film, the screenplay for Lost Highway and dozens more, plus novels and books of poetry and essays.

In a series of autobiographical stories spanning more than forty years he has chronicled the adventures of Roy, a boy coming of age largely on the gritty streets of 1950s Chicago.

This is where director and producer Rob Christopher, and co-producer Michael Glover Smith came in. The documentary film Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago, takes excerpts from the Roy stories performed by Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, and Lili Taylor, which are interwoven with Gifford’s recollections of his childhood. Fusing vintage footage and photographs of Chicago with animated sequences and an evocative jazz score by Jason Adasiewicz, Roy’s World presents an impressionistic portrait of a vanished world.

We are thrilled to bring you the exclusive debut of the first official trailer for Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago along with a personal endorsement from Mr David Lynch:

“Barry Gifford is a killer f***kin’ writer and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. His writing is pure and minimal and it sparks things and gets your imagination going. ROY’S WORLD captures his childhood and that time in Chicago, and many other places. I really enjoyed watching it and then contemplating what goes on inside a person with this history. I really love that world and the things that can happen there.” — David Lynch

After more than three years of work, Roy’s World is in the final stages of post-production and will begin screening at film festivals this Fall. If you would like to support this project, please visit to join their crowdfunding campaign. For more information on how Roy’s World came into existence and for regular updates, have a read of the Roy’s World news blog.

Laura Stewart

Written by Laura Stewart

Laura is the Editor-In-Chief at 25YL and she runs the Music Department. She has been part of the team since May 2017 when she began writing about her favourite TV show of all time: Twin Peaks. 25YL is her passion project and is constantly delighted at how big and beautiful it has grown.

Laura lives by the sea in Gower, Wales, with her husband and a very special little boy.

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