Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

Alanis Morissette, Shea Whigham, Jonathan Scarfe
Director: John Alan Simon

U.S. Opening Date: 2010


Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

Radio Free Albemuth was Dick's most autobiographical novel. In an alternate reality circa 1985, President Ferris F. Fremont, a Richard Nixon clone, is still in the White House chasing after the shadowy terrorist organization called Aramchek. In the name of security the U.S. has become a police state. A record store clerk in Berkeley named Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to have visions and embarks upon a plot to overthrow the government with the help of a mysterious woman named Sylvia (Alanis Morissette) and his best friend, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigham).

In the below interview, director John Alan Simon talks about Dick and how he wanted to do a faithful adaptation of his book:


Sad to say the trailer looks, well, crap.

Even though numerous movies have been based on Philip K. Dick material – from Blade Runner to A Scanner Darkly – few, if any of them, actually managed to capture what Dick’s writings were really on about. Usually his stories merely serve as a clothesline for directors to pin their own action movie plotlines on.

This small indie movie starring everybody’s favorite Canadian songstress Alanis Morisette promised to be a genuinely Dickian movie adaptation but the low budget seems to have gotten the better of it.







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