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Terry Gilliam awarded BAFTA fellowship

TerryGilliam.jpgTerry Gilliam is to be awarded the BAFTA fellowship this year at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards which Filmstalker is to be attending and blogging live from the red carpet.

This is the biggest award that BAFTA give out and previous winners have included Anthony Hopkins, Richard Curtis, Ken Loach, John Boorman, Sir John Mills, Dame Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Caine, and those are just in the 2000's.

You can see the complete list of BAFTA Fellows on the BAFTA site trhough the Variety story, and it's no wonder that they're talking about honouring the director considering some of the imaginative and exciting films he's delivered.

Let me just throw you a few titles that Terry Gilliam written and/or directed – Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Time Bandits, The Meaning of Life, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm, Tideland, and soon to come The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

That's one stunning list and a lot of those he's directed as well as written. BAFTA film committee chair Finola Dwyer said of Gilliam:

“...one of the most original, imaginative and innovative directors working in the industry today...”

In a Hollywood of recycling ideas and films without much thought, of piling on CGI, 3D and explosions instead of content, Terry Gilliam's films do indeed shine through, and represent the un-remakeable, hopefully.

It's a great honour, and I hope that his talent is still in full flow with his two upcoming films, particularly his Don Quixote story. Although he can often be surreal and sometimes difficult to connect with, his stories and visual eye are a wonderful breath of fresh air in the dirge of films being made these days. He should be revered for what he has given us.



Great news.

I couldn't think of a better person who deserves this award. Finola Dwyer's quote sums up Gilliam nicely in my eyes. Although I would add the words 'writer'.

He's a movie genius!

I've always wanted to meet him, but despite being a patron of both Raindance and BIFA, the git didn't attend either. 'Brazil' is the film that convinced me to be a director. So he's the one to blame. Great choice and I'm looking forward to the 'Imagination of Dr Imaginerion' soon. Look I can't remember what it's called, I'm very sleepy. But I'm sure it'll be good.


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