Title: Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
Author: Richard Ayoade
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Check this book out on Goodreads.
Richard Ayoade is many things – film director (of Submarine and the forthcoming The Double), comedy actor (The IT Crowd), comedian and TV presenter (Gadget Man). Ayoade on Ayoade captures the director in his own words: pompous, vain, angry and very, very funny. (Source: Goodreads)
Ayoade on Ayoade is a satirical look at director’s and film culture as presented by comedian, actor, and director Richard Ayoade. The book is a series of interviews and essays by Ayoade about himself and about his films. The book is a take on the sometimes pretentious director interviews that come out from auteur and arthouse directors. The whole book was hilarious and really fun to read.
The comedy of this book is very specific to fans of Ayoade’s style, and is probably not super accessible if you’re not already aware of Ayoade or of the specific cultural references that Ayoade makes in the book. The humour is similar to Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace and The IT Crowd both of which starred Ayoade. If you’re a fan of either of those shows you would probably be a big fan of the book. The cultural references in the book are generally about film, and perhaps a little hard to understand if you aren’t a big film buff. I found them interesting but didn’t really understand every single one of them.
The book is a fairly quick read, though there is a little bit of trouble jumping around from the text to the footnotes to the appendix. I think it was a fun and sort of funny way of reading the book, but it did make reading the book a little bit of a struggle. I don’t think it was off-putting, it just added to the overall experience.
I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to Ayoade fans.