Wholly Family Images And Video, More Good Gilliam News

This year’s Bradford International Film Festival will be unveiling its full program on Wednesday, but it has already been announced that Terry Gilliam be the recipent of this year’s Fellowship award. To accompany this, the festival will be screening a retrospective of the director’s works, including some rarities and, very excitingly, the premiere of his new short film, The Wholly Family.

Gilliam issued this rather characteristic statement:

To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive.  I will always be grateful for that.

The Wholly Family is now in post production, but being a short, should be ready in good time for the fest, which runs March 16-27.

The first images from the film have been published in the Italian magazine Ciak. Here they are:

So, what we seem to have here are the members of the Wholly Family, with Nicolas Connolly as the son, Douglas Dean as the father, Cristiana Capotondi as the mother; and some other characters that, so far, I have little real idea of, though they’re obviously dressed like a clown from the Comeddia Dell’arte.

I’ll run the full pages once the magazine is off the stands. Thanks to a certain Little Bleeder (who doesn’t want to be named, I believe) for helping me have eyes where I have no eyes.

By following something of a treasure hunt from the pages of that magazine, I managed to acquire some behind the scenes footage from the shoot. You’ll see some of Gilliam’s compositions on monitor screens.

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Here’s the full press release regarding Gilliam’s honour from the BIFF:

Bradford International Film Festival’s Artistic Director Tony Earnshaw today announced that award winning filmmaker Terry Gilliam will receive the Fellowship Award and a retrospective tribute to his work at this year’s Festival which runs 16th – 27th March.

Gilliam has brought his unusual mindset to an array of films that continue to provoke debate and entice audiences into new worlds of wonder and fantasy. Following a spell with the Monty Python team he broke into directing with Jabberwocky and has since thrilled and amazed cinemagoers with titles such as The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Time Bandits.

Gilliam commented; “To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive. I will always be grateful for that.”

The Fellowship honours a practitioner who has made significant contributions to several areas of filmmaking. In 2010 it went to Nicolas Roeg. As part of the retrospective programme of Gilliam’s work, Festival goers will be able to enjoy screenings of early shorts such as Storytime (1968) and The Miracle of Flight (1974) along with features including Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1984), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). Gilliam’s newest short film, The Wholly Family (2011), is also showing.

Following last year’s success of using venues across Bradford and Yorkshire, the Festival will once again be making use of satellite venues. The main Festival hub will remain the National Media Museum; BIFF’s home for the last 17 years. The Museum is a unique facility, where it is possible to present films in every format from 16mm, 35mm and 70mm to 3-strip Cinerama and IMAX 3D.

Bradford was designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Film in summer 2009.

Full programme details and guests for the 17th annual Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF) will be announced on February 23rd 2011.