Dreams: The Fisher King: About The Filmmakers

Edited by Phil Stubbs
Director Terry Gilliam was the American member of Monty Python - and the one responsible for the group's unique animation. He became a director when Monty Python began to make films, co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail and directing the opening short film for Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. He also co-wrote and performed in all the Python films as well as designed Life of Brian.

As an individual, Gilliam co-wrote and directed Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, which he also produced and which grossed over $50 million in North America, and Brazil, which was named one of the 10 best films of the decade by Time Magazine. Among its many honors, Brazil received best picture, best director and best screenplay awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association even before being released in the U.S. as well as two BAFTA Awards and two Oscar nominations.

Gilliam followed Brazil with the epic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which he directed and co-wrote, and which earned four Academy Award nominations.

Gilliam was born in Minneapolis, graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and spent three years in New York. There, he served as associate editor of Help! Magazine, the brainchild of Mad Magazine founder Harvey Kurtzman, while doing free-lance illustration for a number of publications, studying film and learning animation techniques.

In 1967, Gilliam moved to London, where he was an illustrator for various publications. He began to do animation for British television, and in 1969 he formed Monty Python's Flying Circus with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Since then, like a tree, he has managed to add another ring of fat to his spreading girth. But, unlike a tree, he hasn't managed to grow any taller. He hopes to be survived by his wife, Maggie, their children, Amy, Holly and Harry - but not by their dog, Bryn.

Writer Richard LaGravenese worked side by side with Terry Gilliam and the cast throughout preproduction, rehearsals and filming. Constantly on the set to consult and make last minute script changes, LaGravenese collaborated on the making of the film in a way that is rare for screenwriters. The Fisher King is his first solo effort at an original screenplay.

LaGravenese was trained as an actor at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing and began writing dialogue when he formed a comedy team. He has a passionate interest in mythology, an interest he shares with Gilliam.

LaGravenese lives in New York City with his wife, Anne, and daughter, Lily.

Debra Hill is a prominent film producer with extensive experience and film credits to her name. Hill began her film career in various capacities: as a script supervisor, film editor, assistant director and second-unit director before writing and producing the hit horror classic Halloween, with John Carpenter. She continued her collaboration with Carpenter for several more films, including the Halloween sequels as well as The Fog and Escape From New York.

Following her association with Carpenter, Hill produced the critically acclaimed film The Dead Zone. She followed that with the big business satire Head Office, the comedy mystery Clue and Big Top Pee-wee.

In 1985, Hill joined forces with longtime friend and colleague Lynda Obst to form the independent production company Hill/Obst Productions. Together they produced the movie Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus and written by David Simkins, as well as the CBS pilot based on the film. Hill/Obst also produced Heartbreak Hotel, written and directed by Chris Columbus.

In 1988, Hill signed an exclusive development and production deal at Walt Disney Pictures for her new company, Debra Hill Productions. She produced many short films for the Disney/MGM Studio Tour theme park in Orlando, Fla., as well as the feature Gross Anatomy, starring Matthew Modine and Christine Lahti, for Touchstone.

Hill executive produced, with John Carpenter, a western entitled El Diablo, starring Louis Gossett, Jr., and Anthony Edwards for HBO in association with Joe Wizan, which won two ACE Awards in 1990. A sequel is presently in development. She also produced The Disneyland 35th Anniversary Special for NBC-TV starring Tony Danza, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

In addition to her many film and TV projects in development, Hill completed her first directorial assignment - an episode of Monsters for Laurel Entertainment. She is currently in pre-production on two features: Gone Fishin', written by Jeffrey Abrams (Regarding Henry) and Jill Mazursky to be directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) for Hollywood Pictures and First Step (working title), a satirical comedy directed by 10 trop directors from around the world and financed by The Guber Peters Entertainment company. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The Friends of the Earth, the largest environmental organization in the world.

Hill is also an environmental activist presently serving on the board of ECO (Earth Communications Office).

Producer Lynda Obst began her professional career as editor/author of The Rolling Stone History of the Sixties, followed by three years as an editor of the New York Times magazine, where she covered subjects ranging from science to publishing to entertainment.

In 1979, she joined Casablanca/Polygram as a vice president of creative affairs where she developed a number of films, most notably Flashdance. Joining The David Geffen Company in 1982, Obst was involved in the development and production of its motion picture roster.

Three years later she formed the independent production company Hill/Obst Productions with longtime friend Debra Hill. Following an exclusive deal with Paramount, the team moved on to Touchstone to make Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus and written by David Simkins, and Heartbreak Hotel, written and directed by Columbus.

In November 1988, Obst struck her own producing deal with Columbia Pictures and established Lynda Obst Productions. She most recently completed producing Nora Ephron's directing debut, This Is My Life, written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book This Is Your Life, by Meg Wolitzer, to be released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Obst is also the co-author of a novel about Hollywood and has written a number of satirical essays for periodicals such as American Film, California Magazine, Harper's and Premiere.

Director of Photography Roger Pratt B.S.C., shot Brazil for Terry Gilliam and The Crimson Permanent Assurance, the short film that was shown with Monty Pythons's The Meaning of Life. He was also responsible for lighting the model work on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Solo credits include Mona Lisa and Batman. He is also director of photography of the upcoming release The Year of the Comet.

Mel Bourne, production designer for The Fisher King, received his first feature film credit in 1977 as the production designer on Annie Hall. That was the beginning of a long collaboration with Woody Allen that has included Manhattan, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and Interiors, for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. His second Oscar nomination came for The Natural.

Among his many other credits are Reversal of Fortune, Thief, The Accused, Still of the Night, F/X, Manhunter, Fatal Attraction, Cocktail and the debut episode of Miami Vice.

Bourne has just completed Man Trouble for PentAmerica Pictures starring Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin.

Film editor LESLEY WALKER has been wining recognition in her native England since 1979, when she cut the film adaptation of James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Her credits include the epic miniseries Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years for British television and the films Letter to Brezhnev, Mona Lisa, Cry Freedom, Buster and Shirley Valentine.

Costume Designer BEATRIX PASZTOR earned a degree in medieval art in Hungary before beginning work on stage and in features. Her credits include Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho and the upcoming release American Heart, starring Jeff Bridges.

Composer GEORGE FENTON has received Oscar nominations for the music of Dangerous Liaisons, Cry Freedom and Gandhi. In addition, he received an Oscar nominations for best song for the film Cry Freedom.

Fenton's other film scoring credits include White Palace, Memphis Belle, We're No Angels, The Long Walk Home, The Dressmaker, High Spirits, 84 Charing Cross Road, The White of the Eye, Clockwise and The Company of Wolves.

Fenton also wrote the scores for two upcoming releases: Final Analysis and China Moon.

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