July 30, 2012
Fans of writer/director/artist extraordinaire Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) may be interested to know that Gilliam’s daughter Holly Gilliam has been sorting through her father’s extensive archive and sharing some of her discoveries online as of this month. As she explains on her blog “Discovering Dad”:
In October 2011 I took on the mammoth task of organising my father’s archive – all his work from pre-Python days, as a cartoonist, photojournalist & assistant editor for Help! magazine, through all his original artwork and cut-outs for Python animation, posters, logos and generally everything Python, to his storyboards, designs and sketches for his feature films and other non-film related projects (including his opera of “Faust” and that infamous Nike commercial). Why!? Because I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by my father’s amazing work all my life and I think it should be seen by everyone so I am organising the archive so it can eventually be put in a book and an exhibition.
So far, Gilliam has shared her snapshots of overflowing archive drawers, cut-outs used in the animated intro for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, cans of film with handwritten labels such as “Beware of the Elephants!”, and storyboards like this one for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:
Gilliam makes frequent updates on her latest finds via Twitter as well.