This is an introduction to The Bernician Chronicles, the eclectic journal of my life and times as a comedian, playwright and a filmmaker, a blacklisted ‘potential subversive’ and a notoriously unrelenting recalcitrant.
It is a story that spans fifty years, which is told partly in prose and partly in extracts from my diary, which I have kept since I was a twenty two year old London comic with serious writing ambitions and a predilection for politically incorrect subject matter.
The dual purpose of these chronicles is to document the extraordinary events which have dominated my life; and to set aside persistent suspicions, doubts and lies about the life I lived before I changed my last name from Knighton to O’Bernicia, more than a decade ago.
Suffice to say that by the time I was thirty two, it was widely predicted that I was destined to become “L’Enfant terrible of the British film industry”. It was therefore inevitable that I received an invitation to sell my soul, which is where these chronicles begin in the Autumn of 2004.
For the purposes of protecting the privacy and safety of some of those who were and remain closest to me [and a few who would rather I was dead], I have used pseudonyms instead of real names, whenever appropriate.
Having said that, everything else you read in these pages is true, correct and not misleading, to the very best of my knowledge and recollection.
Over the course of the coming weeks, the chronicles will be serialized on this blog, before the book is released on a major Print-on-Demand platform and as a digital download later this year.