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A Liar’s Autobiography 3D
Graham Chapman’s (Monty Python) cod life story in 14 different animation styles, capturing the sprawling nature of the original and offering rare insight into Chapman’s life between surreal flights of fantasy.
Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.
- Director Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
- Producer Bill Jones, Ben Timlett
- Screenwriter Graham Chapman, David Sherlock, Douglas Addams, David Yallop, Alex Martin
- Voices Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones
- UK 2012
- 82 mins
- UK distribution Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Subtitled The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, this hugely ambitious attempt to animate Chapman’s hilarious cod life story A Liar’s Autobiography Vol. VI succeeds not only in capturing the sprawling nature of the original but also manages to feature some rare insight into Chapman’s life between the tale’s surreal flights of fancy. Fourteen different animation studios were used to tell this story and much of the fun is to be found in the cunning ways the narrative switches from one animation style to the next. But the central plank of the film is Graham Chapman himself. Utilising audio recordings he made of readings from the book, the filmmakers allow him to lead us through the wild canyons of his own mind in a series of unlikely – often hilarious – adventures. Most of Chapman’s fellow Pythons make up the wonderfully effective (and affecting) voice cast in this archly smart enterprise that really is something completely different.
A Liar's Autobiography 3D will be released in UK cinemas on 25 January 2013.
Related event: The Late Great Graham Chapman
Here are five things we would like you to know before you watch A Liar’s Autobiography – the Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (some of which may be lies).
- Graham Chapman is completely dead, and has been for the past 23 years.
- Graham Chapman’s voice in the film is provided by Graham Chapman, thanks to a series of audio recordings he made of his autobiography before he died (he didn't record very much after he died).
- This is not a Monty Python film, it’s a Graham Chapman film. So please don’t say it’s a Monty Python film.
- Although some bits of the film are funny (we hope), this is not a comedy – it’s a biopic.
- Graham was openly gay but secretly alcoholic, and his life had many ups and downs.
- The capital of Outer Mongolia is Ulan Bator (not relevant to the film, but very useful for trivia quizzes).
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson & Ben Timlett
Bill Jones & Ben Timlet: first meeting when they were four years old, Bill Jones and Ben Timlett grew up together in Camberwell, South London. During their teenage years they developed a strong passion for filmmaking and spent a significant part of those formative years making short films together, predominantly pastiches of films they loved while growing up. At the age of 18 Bill took a trainee editor’s role (under Julian Doyle) on the film The Wind in the Willows, directed by his father Terry Jones. At the same time Ben was studying a BA Masters degree in Archaeology at the University of Reading. By the age of 21 Bill had developed into a fully-fledged film editor and Ben had decided that a career in Archaeology was not for him. In 1998 they formed Bill and Ben Productions, a boutique film editing company in the heart of Soho. After several years of editing films, commercials and music videos for other people, they then re-focused on producing, editing and directing their own projects as well. Bill and Ben productions include documentaries Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Rebel Truce: The History of the Clash and Who Killed Nancy. Film productions include the 2006 comedy The West Wittering Affair and 2008’s Chemical Wedding, starring Simon Callow. In 2010 Bill and Ben both received Emmy nominations for directing and producing Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut, the 6 x one-hour documentary series marking the comedy team’s 40th anniversary. Bill and Ben are currently completing the feature length drama Theatre of Dreams, set in the 1980s and telling a fictional story about legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby helping a wayward boy fulfil his dream.
Jeff Simpson: a producer and director with 20 years experience in the BBC. He has made a number of high profile television documentaries for BBC, specialising in 60-minute features on music, TV and popular culture. Prior to that, he was producer at the legendary music show, Top of the Pops. In his time, he has also been an entertainment journalist and broadcaster for BBC News, a movie reviewer for BBC Radio, and he has written two books on music and popular culture.
2012 A Liar’s Autobiography: the Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman