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Magic Trip

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An LSD fuelled cross-country journey


Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood’s immersive doc reconstructs the LSD-fuelled cross-country journey – California to New York and back again – undertaken by novelist Ken Kesey (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) and his band of Merry Pranksters during the summer of 1964.

Drawing on the restored original 16mm footage shot by the trippers and their non-synched audio recordings, it places the viewer right in the middle of these counter-cultural hijinks, but is less lucid about the legacy of the Pranksters’ psychedelic adventures.

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