Dreams: 2010 News Blog
Edited by Phil Stubbs
Terry Gilliam at the Deauville festival, September
January - August 2010 news - currently under construction
As highlighted by Bruttenholm on the Dreams MessageBoard, Terry Gilliam
French website allocine that one of his favourite cinema scenes
was from Mulholland Drive
|The scene with Naomi Watts, where she comes to audition for a movie.
It starts slowly because we're not sure whether she's a good actress
or not. And then she gets sexier and sexier, it's one of the sexiest
scenes I've ever seen. That scene made her a movie star - not just
in the film, but in reality.
But the scene only works because there was a previous scene where
she was rehearsing with her roommate, and she's a terrible actress
in this. And you know it's going to be so embarrassing when she gets
into the real audition, because she can't act - she's terrible. When
we go into the real audition, which is the scene that everyone talks
about, we're worried because it's going to be so bad. And then she
just comes on and she's so hot and sexy. And you're blown away by
That's one scene that has always with stayed with me. I'm always reminding
myself that your favourite scene is really the result of a scene before."
Terry Gilliam was in Deauville for the American Film Festival held there
each year. On September 2 2010, Variety
|Gilliam will open the 36th Deauville American Film Festival with
his director's cut of Brazil, as a plethora of celebs and industryites
make the trek to the French resort. The 142-minute version of the
1985 movie, which was originally released in Europe, also kicks off
a retrospective of Gilliam's work that runs through the fest. After
the novelty of a retro opening, rather than a pic making its local
bow, Deauville heads further into unknown territory with a weekend
devoted to U.S. TV series.
Gilliam poses with his hommage award
Variety also, on September 5 2010, reported
some quotes from Gilliam from Deauville about the collapse of Quixote
funding. Apparently the whole of the Quixote funding fell apart mid-July
|Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has experienced
more than the "hiccup" reported in August. "The financing
collapsed about a month and a half ago," the helmer said Saturday
at the Deauville American Film Festival. "I shouldn't be here.
The plan was to be shooting Quixote right now."
Even so, he still wants to push on with the project. "Robert
Duval is Quixote, Ewan McGregor is also there, and we are looking
for new financing right now," he said.
Gilliam has been trying to make the film for decades. Previous attempts
to shoot were memorably captured in Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's
2002 doc Lost in La Mancha. Despite this latest set-back, the
helmer said he still didn't believe in the "curse of Quixote."
"Don Quixote gives me something to look forward to, always.
Maybe the most frightening thing is to actually make the film."
Gilliam is a guest of honor at the festival, which runs until Sept.
A complete retrospective of his work as a director kicked off Friday
with 1985's Brazil, which was also the fest's opening film.
Gilliam confessed to a weird feeling of deja-vu on seeing his name
on the film. "Whoever that guy was, I envy him, because he had
a lot more energy than I do now," he said.
According to Bleeding
Cool, Gilliam said at Deauville that he was interested in releasing
Time Bandits in a 3D version.
On September 14, Deadline
reported that Terry Jones is to direct a feature Absolutely Anything
in the UK early in 2011. It's a comedy, featuring John Oliver, for Mike
Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures. Apparently, Jones is approaching his Python
colleagues - including Terry Gilliam - to voice some aliens that feature
in the pic.
From September 16, there were reports that Gilliam was shooting in Alabama.
He was directing a short film called The Legend of Hallowdega, and
further details can be found on the Dreams
This month, Gilliam went to the Morelia Film Festival as guest of honour.
|The fest began in 2003 at a critical moment in Mexican cinema when
titles like Amores Perros and Y Tu Mama Tambien had
made their way into the American psyche and former President Vicente
Fox's administration was set to expand financial incentives for Mexican
film. When it was passed nearly five years ago, Efecine, more commonly
known as Article 226, spurred a rapid influx of private coin, with
30 companies investing in film under the program the next year, growing
to 67 projects by 2008.
Gilliam at the Morelia Film Festival
At the festival, Gilliam told an audience (as reported at the festival's
website) that he's considering making his Quixote pic in Mexico.
article by Gobi Stromberg at the festival's website, Gilliam said, "Going
to Mexico has been a secret in the back of my mind. I love the spirit of
Mexico; especially the Day of the Dead." He added that he is, "blown
away by the architecture." When he further speculated that he is considering
filming his next film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, in Mexico,
he surprised - and delighted - his audience, who were hearing this news
for the first time.
Also, at the Morelia festival, Gilliam gave a masterclass, and there was
a retrospective of his work.
On 31 October 2010 - Hallowe'en night - and the day of the AMP Energy 500
race at Talladega, Gilliam's new short film The Legend of Hallowdega
was made available at
its website. Click here for more from Dreams
on the short film.
On November 8, Aint-It-Cool-News
ran an interview with Gilliam, mainly talking about The Legend of Hallowdega.
Gilliam said the following:
|I think the new patrons of the arts are corporations - and Pepsi
said We want you to make a little film, youve got complete
freedom. Thats it. Its not a commercial.
It was actually just something fun to do on a week that I had nothing
else to do, thats what it was really about. It was about playing.
Again, Im just trying spell out its not a big film that
requires all of the production, the pre-production, and the planning.
This is just something we kind of threw together quickly, had a good
laugh and had a great time.
What was most fun was working with David and Justin. And its
the same thing, they just came down to play and thats what we
did. It was almost like
I wouldnt say its Python,
but it was the same kind of light free fun.
Its not going to change history. Its not going to make
society better, its just having some fun and for me also it
was just shooting very fast with a really good crew of people. We
just handheld the whole thing and this is so unlike the way I normally
work and that for me was one of the things that interested me because
I couldnt spend the time on all of the things I normally spend
time on. We would just grab things and to be honest it really loosened
me up a lot, possibly for the future even.
Its such a silly joke
Its actually just a shaggy
dog story, really. It has a very silly ending to it. (Laughs) Even
the sound guys were having fun, because when the car gives the final
We dont want to give anything away yet, the car
does its final flop, theres the sound of the pipe and foot.
This happened to come at a right moment where there was a gap and
I was depressed and I wanted to do something different, just to shake
myself up. This came at just the right time and its perked me
up to no end.
Gilliam also told AICN that he was currently in LA looking for Quixote
funding. He said, "Of course, Quixote is the main thing and
we are trying to put the other leg back on the horse, the one that fell
off! Thats one reason Im in LA right now, meeting a lot with
people just to get the thing back and running. In fact I just saw Robert
Duvall two nights ago, we had drinks and hes as excited as can be.
Its nice. Its nice when youve got people who are so
committed to this project."
Tickets are now on sale for Terry Gilliam's forthcoming opera, Berlioz's
The Damnation of Faust. Ten performances run from 6 May to 7 Jun
2011, at the London Colisuem, on St Martin's Lane. Click
here for more from Dreams on Gilliam's take on Faust.
The Damnation of Faust
On 22 November 2010, Terry Gilliam celebrated his 70th birthday. Congratulations,
Terry, from Dreams.
At the end of November 2010, a puppet donated by Terry Gilliam fetched the
most - £460 - at an auction in support of the Norwich
Puppet Theatre. In total, £7200
was raised for the venue.
Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, both members of Monty Python, went to London's
Tower Bridge on December 2 - wearing bowler hats - to publicise a new Python-related
video game. Titled The Ministry of Silly Games, it has an
official website, where you can register interest in a beta version
of the game.
Gilliam and Jones publicise the forthcoming
release, from game developer Zattikka, said:
|London, 2 December, 2010 - Two of British comedys leading
lights took to the Tower Bridge [yesterday] to unveil The Ministry
of Silly Games the first new Monty Python videogame for 13
Created by leading, UK-based, social gaming company Zattikka in conjunction
with the Monty Python team, The Ministry of Silly Games draws its
inspiration from British TVs most memorable comedy series in
the form of an innovative new social game which enables players to
play the worlds most ridiculous games within a Pythonesque virtual
world on Facebook.
Games such as Camelot Smashalot, Gumby Flower Arranging and King Arthur's
Knight Fight, among many others, take place within the madcap Monty
Python virtual world - and will be available to play for free when
the game launches in Q1 next year.
Those who cant wait to play can apply for early access to the
public beta by signing up at www.ministryofsillygames.com from 6th
The Ministry of Silly Games brings Monty Python characters and
scenes to life like never before, says Terry Jones, member,
Monty Python. For years, people have wondered what it would
be like to catapult livestock at French fortresses, or play Russian
Roulette with an Upper Class Twit. Well now they finally can, thanks
to The Ministry of Silly Games.
I guess my visuals have always been a bit videogamey,
adds Terry Gilliam, member of Monty Python, so its brilliant
seeing them actually in games at last. The Ministry of Silly Games
looks like what was inside my head when I was creating all that iconic
imagery. I know the game will prove massively popular when it launches.
Founded in 2009, Zattikka has more than 100 social/casual mobile and
online titles in its catalog. It raised $5.5 million in July to further
expand its library, which also includes another famous British brand,
Mr. Bean. The developer will reveal more about the Monty Python game
"Monty Python is one of the most iconic comedy licenses around,
but there has been no new material for over 20 years," says Zattikka
CEO Tim Chaney. "The Ministry of Silly Games will be transporting
Monty Python into the 21st Century, with a totally new experience
for their unique comedy that will delight old and new fans alike."
The full list of games available to play within the virtual world
for free, at launch is as follows:
King Arthur's Knight Fight Frantic "slice-'em-up",
featuring the Black Knight, The Killer Rabbit, Tim the Enchanter,
the Holy Hand Grenade and God.
Monty Python's Scratch 'N Sniff Observation game featuring
Zattikka's original Flash "Scratchcard" mechanic.
Camelot Smashalot Catapult livestock, Holy Hand Grenades and
Trojan rabbits at the fiendish French fortresses.
Twit Russian Roulette Keep your Upper-Class Twit alive for
as long as you can in this wacky game of Russian Roulette!
Mr Creosote Feed Mr Creosote his favourite nosh but avoid the
wafer thin mints in this fun one-button reaction game.
Gumby Flower Arranging Help the Gumby match three flowers of
the same kind, otherwise he's going to hit himself with bricks!
Gillaxian Arcade-style shooter that's also a tribute to a great
game and a great artist.
Aerial Antics Balance your TV aerial on household objects to
tune in your telly in this fun puzzler.
An example of Garofalo pasta
Early in 2011, Terry Gilliam will be shooting a short film called The
Wholly Family in Italy, based on an original script by the director.
Funding is coming from Garafalo,
a pasta company which has supported Italian film in recent years. Nicola
Pecorini is on board as director of photography and Gabriella Pescucci will
be the costume designer.
On December 29, Brendon Connelly wrote a
piece for Bleeding Cool with details of the director's
latest project, suggesting that the project's script was based on a poem
with the same name by Eve Merriam. In an email to Dreams and Theresa
Shell of the Quixote support site, Gilliam wrote:
|"Once again Brendon Connelly has his ear close to the ground.
I am indeed doing a short film in Naples. It's paid for by a pasta
company called Garofalo. They've been sponsoring short films about
Naples every year for the last four. Just another little project to
keep me busy and from going mad from inactivity. I wrote the script
as an exercise. It's called The Wholly Family. Brendon thinks
it's based on a poem by someone called Eve Merriam. WRONG!! NEVER
HEARD OF HER OR HER POEM.
Nicola is behind the camera once again. As well as Gabriella Pescucci
stitching the costumes. It's better than freezing my ass off in London.
And the food is fantastic."
Hopefully, The Wholly Family will be made available at the
pasta manufacturer's movie website
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