Dreams News Bulletin 13: March 1999Edited by Phil Stubbs
In Dreams news bulletin 13...
Gilliam on Gilliam finally published
Dreams has got together with faber and faber to give away FOUR signed hardback copies of Gilliam on Gilliam to plug the new book's publication. The books are currently in the clutches of the editor of Dreams as this is written at the end of February. He will take them to the Gilliam event in Manchester on 9 March where they hopefully will be signed by Gilliam and co-author Ian Christie themselves. To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer the following simple question:
Send your answer (with email address or postal address) to Phil Stubbs [firstname.lastname@example.org] by the end of April. The first four correct answers drawn out of a hat at the start of May will win a signed book. The editor's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All sales are final. Void prohibited by law.
The book itself is an edited collection of conversations between Terry Gilliam and Ian Christie between 1996 and 1998. While a great deal of this book (as one would expect) covers ground that is published elsewhere, it contains a great deal of new information about Gilliam, charting his life from childhood to Fear and Loathing release and beyond. Very highly recommended by Dreams.
It will be available from all good bookshops, yet it can be ordered direct from the publishers at a discount. Normal price is £17-99, but is available from faber at £15-00 (price applies to UK only) including postage and packing. Call Clare Lawler at faber on +44 (0)171 465 7513, or alternatively email your name, address, credit card number and expiry date to email@example.com
Gilliam is making several appearances in the UK to publicise the release of this book. One is in London on 1 March, at 6.30 at the Curzon Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Film is being shown and then a Q&A with Ian Christie and Terry Gilliam. For tickets contact City Screen on +44 (0)171 734 4342.
A second is to take place in Manchester on 9 March. The event is to be held at The Whitworth Hall, Manchester, in conjunction with Waterstone's Deansgate at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a £5 book voucher, the event and a drinks reception. To order tickets call the Waterstone's Art & Cinema Desk on +44 (0)161 837 3025. Signed copies of faber's Gilliam on Gilliam will be available for sale from Waterstone's Deansgate at RRP from 10 March onwards for a limited period only.
Other Gilliam book news
David Morgan, creator of the Terry Gilliam Files website, has written Monty Python Speaks (pictured above), which includes interviews with the five surviving members of Monty Python. Illustrated with rare backstage photographs (some never before published), MONTY PYTHON SPEAKS! is an incomparable first-person look into a beloved collective mind: the Pythons' meeting, their shared humor, their clashes, their struggles to maintain artistic control over their work, and most of all, spam!
Also expected in 1999 is Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam by Bob McCabe. And Gilliam wrote an introduction to Cages by Dave McKean, a hardback comic book that appeared in 1998.
Fear and Loathing UK box office
Following the Minneapolis event, Gilliam was in conversation with Ralph Steadman in front of an audience at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Some weeks later, in mid-December, Terry Gilliam attended the Havana Film Festival, accompanied by Francis Ford Coppola, the Coen brothers and Costa-Gavras. Locals, who get to see US fare during the rest of the year only irregularly, eagerly flocked to all American pictures, though (according to Variety) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas seemed to baffle them. Said Gilliam, "It shocked them into silence - the ugly American has arrived". As well as attending his premiere, Gilliam also gave a talk at the local fim school.
Gormenghast goes into production
"This is a project that has kept floating around, from the time of making Life of Brian, that I get close to and then it falls into someone else's hands. The original owner of the rights wanted Peter Sellers as Doctor Prunesquallor. At one point, Sting owned it, and every few years, I'd get a call: 'I've got the rights -what about...?' But I've lost interest because I've worked the film out in my head too often. Plus, it'd be hard to get the kind of money to do it well enough. Jabberwocky had a lot of Gormenghast things in it, so I've probably done it already."
Here are two sketches by designer Christopher Hobbs of sets for (i) Gertrude's blue room and (ii) her bedroom - for the forthcoming BBC series to be filmed at Shepperton Studios.
On 22 October 1998, Gilliam appeared on BBC1’s Watchdog show highlighting problems with the marketing of DVD discs in the UK. Presently UK machines reject DVD discs purchased in America. Further, UK discs cost more than in the States, and offer fewer extra options.
Also in October, Gilliam starred with a host of other celebrities, such as Jeremy Irons, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry and Salman Rushdie in a BBC trailer extolling the benefits of broadcasting in a digital age. "With digital, I can see things as they really are", said Gilliam in the film, often repeated in the run up to Xmas 1998.
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Phil Stubbs - Wetherby, UK. February 1999.