The Release of Tideland

by Phil Stubbs
Terry Gilliam's film "Tideland" is now completed. This webpage follows its release, and will be rewritten as time goes on...

Terry Gilliam confirmed the completion of Tideland at the end of July 2005. In an interview with this website, he talked about getting the film completed, how he identified with characters in the film, and he admitted he had no idea how audiences were going to react when they saw the film.

Tideland received its premiere at Toronto on Friday 9 September at the Elgin. Mitch Cullin, who wrote the novel Tideland, wrote an article for this website about the film's debut.

Typical for a Gilliam film, the immediate reviews were mixed. Dozens of reviews have been posted to a page within the Dreams Messageboard, most of this work being done by Shawn Lee.

The Tideland press conference in Toronto:
Terry Gilliam with (L-R) actors Jodelle Ferland,
Brendan Fletcher and Jennifer Tilly

The Tideland website was redesigned in time for the Toronto premiere, allowing the viewer to explore five different areas of Jeliza-Rose's world. On the website you will find video interviews with Gilliam and Cullin, plus substantial production notes and behind-the-scenes video.

Following Toronto, Gilliam and producer Jeremy Thomas took the film to the San Sebastian festival in northern Spain. Here, it won the FIPRESCI prize, selected by a jury of international critics. Variety reported:

The most unpopular winner, taking the Fipresci prize, was Gilliam's "Tideland." Gilliam ruffled feathers accusing journos who walked out of the pic's press screening of being "stupid."

On the festival's website are clips from the film, as well as scenes immediately before and after the screening.

The San Sebastian press conference is available from the festival's website on video (in Castillian Spanish) and as audio (in English).

Espanol On this page both video and downloadable audio file are in Spanish
English On this page the video is in Spanish, but the audio file is in English

Director Terry Gilliam at the press conference and enjoying the beach at San Sebastian

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