FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
In a filmmaking career encompassing work as a writer, screenwriter,
performer, animator and production designer, TERRY GILLIAM
(Director/Screenwriter) has created some of the most unforgettable
visuals ever portrayed on the motion picture screen.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota native graduated from Los Angeles'
Occidental College before embarking on a career in magazine illustration.
His first professional job was as the assistant editor of Help!,
a humour magazine from the creator of Mad Magazine. He branched
out as a freelance cartoonist for an unusual, unique new TV program
in England entitled Monty Pythons Flying Circus. His work
on the show earned him a British Academy Award for graphics in
Gilliam made his film debut in the comedy troupe's first feature,
And Now For Something Completely Different, in which he
contributed to the project's script as well as acting and directing
the animation. On the group's next venture, Monty Python and
the Holy Grail, Gilliam codirected the production with
colleague Terry Jones. He made his solo directing debut two years
later with Jabberwocky, his comically grisly medieval interpretation
of the Lewis Carroll poem.
He scored popular success with his delightful timetravel
fantasy, Time Bandits, a magical, family-oriented adventure
of a boy and a band of dwarves who journey through time to plunder
some of history's most prized artifacts. He followed this effort
with the film critics hail as his greatest achievement, Brazil,
a visually and dramatically stunning portrait of an Orwellian
society that garnered Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and
Art Direction and earned Gilliam the Best Picture, Director and
Screenplay honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Gilliam's sumptuous extravaganza, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,
won four Academy Award nominations upon its release in 1989,
and was followed two years later with another criticallyacclaimed
feature, The Fisher King, star ring Robin Williams and
Jeff Bridges. The movie garnered five Oscar nominations, with
costar Mercedes Ruehl winning a Best Supporting Actress
award. Gilliam was cited with a Golden Globe nomination as Best
His most recent directorial effort, 1995's thoughtprovoking
science fiction drama 12 Monkeys, was also a critical and
box office hit. The film starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, who
received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In addition to his work behind the camera, Gilliam has also appeared
in the films Spies Like Us, Pleasure at Her Majesty's, Monty
Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. He has also
recorded several albums with the Pythons as well as compiled numerous
books on his work with the comedy troupe. Gilliam received the
British Academy of Film and Television's (BAFTA) Michael Balcon
Award in 1987 for Outstanding Contributions for the Cinema.
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