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Restored by the BFI from the original camera negative, Terry Gilliam’s first film as a solo director is a beautifully crazed landmark in British cinema.


Dir Terry Gilliam
Prod Sandy Lieberson, John Goldstone
Scr Charles Alverson, Terry Gilliam
With Michael Palin, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier
UK Distribution The Criterion Collection UK / SONY Pictures Home Entertainment

Terry Gilliam’s first feature as a solo director, here gloriously restored, is a riotous tale of monsters, true love and medieval manners. Sometimes seen as a companion to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jabberwocky is pure, undiluted Gilliam. The most Python touch is the presence of Michael Palin – playing put-upon medieval peasant Dennis Cooper, who is forced to seek his fortune in a land of mud, gore and historically authentic junk food, whilst he is menaced by the hideous dragon ‘Jabberwock’. Riotously funny, the film is also a fascinating signpost to its director’s future – Dennis a definitive Gilliam hero, the little man terrorised by bureaucracy. For Gilliam, the road to Brazil well and truly began here. This screening gives the LFF audience the first chance to see a new 4k restoration of the film, overseen by Terry Gilliam. Delight in the rich colours of Medieval life. Particularly the mud.

Danny Leigh

Additional information

Restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Terry Gilliam, Director; Annette Badland, Cast; Michael Palin, Cast

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