Dreams: 2006 News BlogEdited by Phil Stubbs
As 2006 started, The Brothers Grimm had already been released around the world, and all work on Tideland had been completed. Tideland's producer Jeremy Thomas was still trying to sell the Tideland's distribution rights to a number of territories. At the end of 2005, during British publicity interviews for Grimm, Gilliam had mentioned three projects that might be his next project:
Terry Gilliam appeared in a documentary feature film about singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, who died in 1994. Entitled Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?), the picture includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. Directed by John Scheinfeld, the film has an official website (beware of flashing effects), and was shown in February at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
At the end of February, Gilliam declared to Dreams, "I've joined the circus. I am co-directing Slava Polunin's new show, Diabolo. Slava is the most famous, most wonderfully profound Russian clown. He is very famous for his current show, Snowshow, which has played all over the world and is still playing in New York" . There is a page in Dreams dedicated to the relaunching of Slava's show Diablo in Tel Aviv, if the reader wishes to find out more.
There were several interviews with Gilliam in the Israeli press while he was there. The most notable was with The Jerusalem Post's David Horovitz, who took issue with Gilliam's views on Arab/Israeli relations.
Gilliam visited the Bangkok International Film Festival with Tideland. There, he was interviewed by BBC News Online. He said the following about movie piracy, ""It's hard for me to worry about the studios losing money. I'm not very sympathetic to their money problems, because they certainly haven't been sympathetic to mine. When you look at one of their accounting sheets you realise you're never going to see a penny, so if someone wants to rip them off that's fine with me. If you're going to pirate, though, make sure the quality's good. Have some respect for what you're pirating!"
Terry Gilliam's Personal Best selection of Monty Python material was released on DVD in the USA. This includes Gilliam's all-animation selection of his Monty Python highlights.
In March, the UK distributor of Tideland was announced as Revolver, a company that had released Herzog's Grizzly Man in Britain.
The Tideland website was given a Webby Nomination, but the award was eventually given to the Sundance Film Festival.
Gilliam, together with Python colleague Terry Jones, both acted in Albert Dupontel's latest feature film. Called Enferme Dehors, it was released in France in April 2006. There is an official website and also on the director's own site, Gilliam and Jones give their views on the film together with further behind-the-scenes footage of Gilliam and Jones in their costumes. Gilliam appears to have played a menacing baby.
Gilliam worked with a group of German artists to create an installation in Berlin called Past People of Potsdamer Platz. Click on this link for a page within Dreams with pictures and video of the project. Gilliam told Dreams that, "It involves four headless figures which, if you stick your head in their necks, you learn about the history of the place and, at the same time, have your photo taken to be combined with faces from the past on 10 floor-high light display on the side of a building facing the square."
In June, the UK publicity for Tideland began with Terry Gilliam and author Mitch Cullin appearing together at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. They presented a screening of Tideland and answer questions afterwards. "Susan" left a few notes at the Dreams Messageboard... without spoilers...
A recording of Gilliam and Cullin's chat has been made available at the Grauniad's website. Right click on this link and then select "Save Target As" in order to download the mp3 file onto your own computer drive.
Also this month, Gilliam took Tideland to Brussels, from where a positive review was provided to Aint-it-Cool-News. In Brussels there was also a retrospective of Gilliam's work. Further, the director was asked to select his favourite films, which were all screened as a "Carte Blanche" season in the city. The films Gilliam selected were:
Tideland went in general release in France in June.
Just before the opening of Tideland in the UK, Dreams invited fans of Terry Gilliam's work to think up questions they would like to ask Terry. Hundreds arrived in the Dreams mailbox, and a selection of these were fired at Gilliam. The resulting interview, stretching over two webpages, is a click away within Dreams.
In August, Tideland went on general release in the UK. There were a series of events, which were summarised on another page within Dreams. Terry Gilliam came up to Manchester to present the picture at the Cornerhouse cinema and arts centre. He introduced the film and was interviewed by Dreams editor Phil Stubbs after the screening. This whole event is available for download. Click here to watch the video (this should open up your default media player).
Also that week there was an interview with Gilliam on BBC News 24. Gavin Esler interviewed Gilliam for the programme HardTalk.
Tideland played in Harry Knowles's Fantastic Fest festival in Texas in September. Knowles raved about the film, describing it as a masterpiece, and going on to say that it is "a film that challenges you, offends you and shakes up your perception of the world."
Early in October, Gilliam toured several US cities to publicise Tideland's American release. For further details of this, including a stunt in New York City, where Gilliam appeared outside the recording of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, see the relevant Dreams webpage
In a substantial and intelligent radio interview with The Future Sound of America, Gilliam told Jesse Thorn that his next project would likely be a relatively small $20million picture, because that is the funding level that he can more easily acquire than the middle-range $80m projects. This interview is available to download.
Many short films featuring Terry Gilliam and his work have now been uploaded to YouTube. Here are a selection:
In November, the British Film Institute released a wonderful 2-disc DVD collection of the short films of the Brothers Quay.
In the November issue of Uncut magazine, there was an interview with Blur and Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn, who said he was working with Terry Gilliam on a Gorillaz picture. Albarn said that Gorillaz "has been a fantastic journey which isn't over, because we're making a film. We've got Terry Gilliam involved. But as far as being in a big band and putting pop music out there, it's finished. We won't be doing that any more." No further information about the project was available.
In November, the Royal College of Art held its annual postcard sale to support its students. Gilliam's cartoon was one of many postcards, all of which had the same price: £35.