2002, the makers of Lost in La Mancha have been plugging their film
around the world. That is: directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, and producer
Lucy Darwin. And Terry Gilliam went along to many of the screenings. In
February, the film received its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Then the gang attended a screenings in Montone. The UK premiere was in Cambridge
in July, which was followed by previews and Q&As around the UK. In September,
the filmmakers were shipped over to the Telluride, Toronto and Doctober
On this page is Lou Pepe's photo diary of the London premiere and Lucy Darwin's
text diary of both the UK tour and the Telluride screening in Colorado.
Official Site @ www.lostinlamancha.com
Here is a selection of Lou Pepe's photos from the night of the London
premiere of Lost in La Mancha, together with his own captions. Click
on the images for detailed pictures.
Gilliam and Keith wait for the big show to begin.
Even though he's seen the film, Terry still talks to us!
know you've made a real movie when your
poster hangs above a concession stand.
watches the film anymore?
We're outside taking pictures of the marquee.
party afterwards - just a small,
quiet gathering with a few friends.
the party, Johnny Depp asks, "Who let you guys in?"
Meanwhile, Terry tries to impersonate the animations of himself from
Lost in La Mancha - the UK tour, by Lucy Darwin (written for
In La Mancha
had its London Premiere on Thursday 25th July. It was an incredible night
and rounded off a week of special events which began with the UK Premiere
at the Cambridge Film Festival last Saturday night. Tony Jones and his team
treated us like royalty with a reception in Trinity College overlooking
the river, followed by a sold-out screening on both Saturday and Sunday
afternoon. Cambridge will be remembered fondly for all sorts of reasons...
my friend Micky Astor's first question in the Q&A suggested that Lost
In La Mancha was actually an incredibly sophisticated hoax...Not TRUE!!
He also helpfully pointed out that our almost famous F-16's are in fact
F-18's - Micky is obviously a plane spotter in his spare time..Then we legged
it up to Glasgow, where the Glasgow Film Theatre's Alison managed to heighten
my nerves by reminding me that we were in Glasgow and that the honesty of
the audiences would force them to tell us immediately if they liked the
film "if they don't like it, they'll just stand up in the cinema and tell
you its shite" Thanks Alison... luckily it went down very well. By the way
if you are ever in need of a hotel in Glasgow I urge you to stay at the
Arthouse. Fantastic rooms and great food. Then off to Edinburgh for a preview
at the Filmhouse, Keith and Lou and I had been there before with The
Hamster Factor, so it was a lovely way to return and the audience was
just as appreciative. Our friend Phil Stubbs introduced both of the Scottish
previews and handled the Q&As with great aplomb.
Then on Thursday we rushed back to London for the Screen On The Green in
Islington for the London Premiere. Romaine Hart and Roger Austin from Mainline
who run the Screen Cinemas and Will Clarke, Danny Perkins, Virginia Nelson,
John and Liz from Optimum our wonderful distributors pulled off a marvellous
event. Terry Gilliam, his wife Maggie and their daughters Amy and Holly
all came and were supported by some famous friends: Michael Palin was there
and represented the Python family. Film Directors who came along included
Stephen Frears and David Leland, also there was actress Tara Fitzgerald.
Dustin Hoffman's seats (he said he was coming and then was a no-show) were
given up to the hoards of people who still didn't have seats as the lights
went down - it was a very packed house, and a wonderful audience. Romaine,
who was my first boss almost twenty years ago when I started as an usherette
in her cinemas introduced me - I made a little speech welcoming the crowd
who included many people from behind and in front of our film such as writer
Tony Grisoni, script supervisor Nikki Clapp, editor Peter Boyle, the casting
director Irene Lamb and Terry's long-time friend and producer the seriously
suave and marvellous Ray Cooper. Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, the directors
of Lost In La Mancha told everyone to try and enjoy what they dub
"a guilty pleasure" in reference to the fact that this film is both an entertaining
pleasure and heartbreaking tragedy all at once. They introduced Terry to
the audience who took time to remind everyone that this is not just about
his journey but also a record of the huge investment of time, energy and
creative enthusiasm of the hundreds of people who worked with him on The
Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The film played very well and the audience
applauded with great enthusiasm as the credits rolled.
The party afterwards was at La Finca, a spanish restaurant on Pentonville
Road which hosted us with copious amounts of Manchego cheese and Spanish
ham helped down with tons of Sol beer and wine from La Mancha - the party
went on until the very small hours. I gave up at around 2am but there were
still plenty of party-goers enjoying the Salsa music. Johnny Depp (who is
currently at Shepperton Studios making Neverland) came to the party
and had to fight his way in through the crowds of other invited guests and
photographers. He made a special effort to come because he's a huge fan
of the film and of course a close friend of Terry's. His presence was hugely
appreciated by the crowd and made the night even more special for those
of us who made the film! A truly wonderful evening and a great way to launch
the film in London. Don't forget you can still see a preview next Thursday
August 1st at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank. Film starts at
8.20pm and there will be a Q&A with Keith, Louis and myself after the film
- so get your tricky questions ready! If you can't get in to that screening,
there are special Q&A's at cinemas all around London on the films' opening
weekend 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August - check the press for details or our
Lucy Darwin - Saturday (Day two of the hang-over) 27th July 2002
Fulton: "Me and TG awaiting an interview on our press junket
We look like rock stars on a binge. Ready at any moment to trash the
LOST GOES TO TELLURIDE, by Lucy Darwin
Fulton, Louis Pepe, Terry Gilliam and I went to the Telluride Film Festival
- as the festival selected Lost In La Mancha as one of the films
for this year's event. It was in fact our North American premiere. For those
who are as ignorant and geographically challenged as I was before going
there, this is a small town in the Colorado mountains which has evolved
from a mining town into a rather exclusive ski resort. During the summer,
the town is transformed into a film festival with cinemas which are created
just for the four days of the festival. The majority of the towns inhabitants,
plus many that come especially for the event, turn themselves into hosts,
volunteers and workers for the visiting hoards of film lovers and filmmakers.
A cinephiles' paradise, Telluride is all about 'show' but without most of
the business which makes it very different from most other film festivals.
Telluride is quite probably the most beautiful location for a festival anywhere
and certainly it tops my experience. The town is almost 9,000 ft above sea
level and the mountains that surround it are another 10-12,000ft above that.
On the first day of the festival it snowed and the mountains acquired an
extra beauty - being snowcapped for a few days. Throughout the day the mountains
change in colour - the light is extraordinary. We were fortunate indeed
with the weather which was very hot during the day and extremely cold at
night. Many of the guests found it hard to adjust to the altitude which
made us all a bit foggy, gave others headaches and for some unfortunate
souls, sleepless nights.
This festival is also unique because the programme is secret. No one knows
until the day before the festival starts what films will be shown. Festival
goers simply come to Telluride and buy a pass which will give them access
to a number of films of which they have no prior knowledge - it's the best
kind of surprise! Also this festival is special because everyone (and I
mean everyone including the filmmakers and actors) queue up to get into
the screenings and if you don't make it in, you still get to meet and talk
to wonderful people. Probably unique to the ever growing number of festivals,
the filmmakers, actors and the public get to mingle and talk - you are likely
to meet your favourite directors and actors as you buy your morning coffee!
The festival chiefs Bill Pence, Stella Pence and Tom Luddy clearly know
how to make this festival special for all those who make the trip.
Telluride boasted an incredible array of films and participants -we felt
very honoured to be among such a crowd which included; Peter O'Toole, Paul
Schrader, Bertrand Tavernier, Werner Hertzog, Wilem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes,
David Cronenberg, Michael Moore, Larry Clark, and many others.
Lost In La Mancha was shown four times (three official screenings
and an extra one laid on at the last minute as it was so popular). The audiences
responded very warmly to the film, to our directors and to our 'star' Terry
Gilliam. On each occasion the film was shown with a truly great, unique
and thought-provoking animated short film called "Anglobilly Feverson"
by Rosto AD. Rosto who comes from Amsterdam was also experiencing Telluride
for the first time and I'm happy to say we became friends. I'll be watching
out for his future projects, so talented and so nice! You can check out
Many of the audience are regulars, or perhaps 'devotees' to Telluride. Some
people I met in one of the queues for a screening had been coming to the
festival for 22 years without a break. They claimed they would miss a family
wedding rather than miss this festival which was indelibly etched on their
yearly calendar. For many it's a considerable trip, some people I met had
come from as far as San Francisco - of course some of the filmmakers had
come from further afield, but I'm talking about punters, people who choose
to come year in year out for the experience of watching new films in this
rarefied environment. I should warn you, its not easy to get there! My experience
was straight out of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for those who
know their Steve Martin classics. But I was lucky to be there and I have
our US distributors IFC films (Jonathan, Harold, Greg and Elisabeth) to
thank for the privilege.
The film played very well and we also got to see Terry Gilliam interviewed
by Salman Rushdie which was as you can imagine a great treat. The In
Conversation With talk covered all aspects of Gilliam's career and was
Festival closes with a picnic/barbeque polished off with lots of ice cream
- what a way to go! I sincerely hope to have an excuse to return to Telluride
soon. If you want to know more about Telluride, try
Lucy Darwin, 24/09/02